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Cinnaminson Police: See Something? Say Something

After a recent string of burglaries, police are (once again) urging residents to report any and all suspicious activity.

Cinnaminson Police urge residents to report any and all suspicious activity. Credit: Patch file photo
Cinnaminson Police urge residents to report any and all suspicious activity. Credit: Patch file photo
A recent string of home burglaries prompted Cinnaminson Police to remind the public exactly why they're there.

The police department issued a Nixle alert Thursday morning advising residents to call 911 if they notice suspicious activity: "If you see something, say something."

It's a familiar law enforcement mantra, but the message was not entirely random, according to Lt. Tim Young, the department's public information officer.

Young said the township has had five residential burglaries in the last three weeks. In some cases, the burglars have broken in by kicking in front or back doors. Police arrested a Camden man two weeks ago who broke into a Union Landing Road home while the resident was still inside.

Young said the alert went out as a reminder to residents who might be hesitant to call the police.

"The worst is when we knock on a neighbor's door (after a crime has occurred) and they say, 'Oh yeah, I did notice something suspicious,'" he said. 

Why aren't people calling to report this stuff? 

"They say, 'We didn't want to bother you.' That's what we're here for," said Young. "They should call us about anything ... We'd rather respond to five false alarms than not be there (when a crime occurs)."

Cinnaminson Police urge anyone who sees suspicious activity to contact them at 856-829-6667 or submit a tip anonymously using WeTip. Always call 911 for crimes in progress.
Michael Makinson January 03, 2014 at 06:46 PM
I just signed up for the Nixle alerts to be sent as text messages to my smart phone. As a former police officer and crime prevention officer I can not agree more with Lt. Young as to the importance of citizen involvement in the safety of our community. If you see or hear anything suspicious call the PD. You'd want your neighbors looking out for you and your family if something did not look right around your house wouldn't you?
Michael Makinson January 03, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Offensive, no. Selfish definitely.
Brian N January 04, 2014 at 12:48 AM
This town isn't that big, break-ins across town could be on your street the next week. Better to be aware of all criminal activity.
Michael Makinson January 04, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Pundit, your your request is perfectly reasonable and I agree that the location of these burglaries should be communicated quickly, completely and accurately. Perhaps the best way for you to find out would be to call or drop into the police station and ask. It is all public information. The Patch might do a better job of reporting if they follow up and publish the information. Happy New Year to you too.
John January 04, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Your joking right, people just drive around town to see who is home and who is not, does not matter if U phone, text or do nothing, if a thief wants to get in he will get in no matter where U live unless U have a moat around your house and then U will have to pay for a variance to install it, happy new year!!!!!!!!
Brian N January 04, 2014 at 11:57 AM
You are right John, that's why we pay to have the police around. It could be anyone's house, at any time.
Michael Makinson January 04, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Why is it so difficult to grasp the concept that if you see something suspicious - report it. It is not rocket science, simply common sense.
Chris January 04, 2014 at 12:04 PM
My father lives on Morgan in Cinnaminson and his house was broke into yesterday!!
Chris January 04, 2014 at 12:07 PM
These scumbags are watching homes and routines of the people living there. There was another car in the driveway and music on inside. They came in a locked back window, which somehow were able to slip the lock.
AnoninCinna January 04, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Totally agree Michael Makinson! I think people just don't want to "get involved", but you are absolutely right people need to be vigilant and vocal. I wouldn't think twice about reporting suspicious activity, and have called before for solicitors that seemed a bit shady to me. It's much better to be safe than sorry, but sadly I think many people are just in their own world, or just don't care.
Chris January 04, 2014 at 01:10 PM
Thanks Pundit. My Dad is a senior and we lost my Mom not long ago. Those scums took my Mom's wedding rings, but I'm relieved that they didn't take her urn. There is no such thing as a 'nice neighborhood' anymore! Everyone needs to be careful! I wouldn't hesitate to report or get involved if I saw something suspicious.
AnoninCinna January 04, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Pundit - I see in typical fashion you are attempting to start an argument. Although I shouldn't have to explain myself to you, I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that maybe you truly did not understand my post. I am not talking about people spending all of their time patrolling their neighborhoods or "forgetting all their other commitments". Please tell me where in my post I said anything remotely like that at all. I am talking about things that people can report because they happen to see them - i.e. my reporting of the suspicious solicitors that came to my house, or a suspicious vehicle driving around the neighborhood possibly "casing" properties. The point of my post is that people should err on the side of caution and report any and all suspicious activity. Who knows? You may be able to stop a crime before it happens.
John January 04, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Oh ok so if we see traffic on any road we should report it, how do we know if in fact they live here or are just going to Walmart I think thats going overboard.....
AnoninCinna January 04, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Yes John. Please call and report if you see traffic on any road.
John January 05, 2014 at 11:16 AM
How about U stop with the crap ok, I do not think doing 35 on the back roads is safe do U jerk.....
Chris January 05, 2014 at 11:27 AM
It's just important for people to know that they can and should report anything that is out of the ordinary. I think we all agree on that, right?
Brian N January 05, 2014 at 01:01 PM
This article was about the recent string if burglaries in town, not traffic speed, so please stay on topic. I would hope my neighbors would report any suspicious behavior just as I would.
Chris January 05, 2014 at 08:36 PM
I agree Brian!
John January 05, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Oh boy, I sit outside and watch all the traffic that goes on willow, new albany, and cut thru to walmart and sams...These people drive by casing the empty houses and this is on point Brian N....So stop with the comments and negative remarks ok
Brian N January 05, 2014 at 09:45 PM
John please, I was obviously referring to your previous comment when you were ranting about 35 mph being unsafe speeds on back roads. You didn't mention anything about people casing houses until I called you on it. And talk about negative remarks, that was also when you called AnoninCinna a "jerk". Lets keep these comments positive and on topic please.
Mike915 January 05, 2014 at 11:42 PM
If Sam's and Walmart are on the other side of the highway from Willow and New Albany how is that a cut thru to Walmart and Sam's? Wouldn't that be the normal traffic flow to both stores.
Mike915 January 06, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Pundit, I lived on Brandies Ave for almost 30 years I am quite aware of New Albany and Willow but thank you for the geography lesson.
John January 06, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Hey guys before U condemn a person look at all the remarks, I was number 6 and did mention people driving by houses caseing them....So I am not just talking about speeders....I also would tell U that foot traffic on willow is dangerous with people looking at the empty houses that are vacant....thanks
Jenn January 06, 2014 at 03:32 PM
People drive so fast down my side street where i live it be impossible to case any homes.
Jenn January 06, 2014 at 03:33 PM
And which is why i always holster my sidearm in my home.
I've Got the 'Scoop'!, LLC January 06, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Jenn, you go, girl!!! Way to keep yourself safe and protect yourself in your home!!! : )
John January 07, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Lets hope U have a gun permit girl....
Jenn January 07, 2014 at 10:22 PM
John - you dont need a permit to carry in your own residence. Learn the law BEFORE you speak.

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