Our Detective Division is comprised of one investigator that works various shifts during the week. Investigators assigned to this position are highly motivated officers who are trained and instructed in various techniques of criminal investigations.
The Division is responsible for conducting investigations on most of the crimes reported in our jurisdiction. These may include but are not limited to, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, robbery, and sex crimes and narcotics offenses. The Division is also responsible for background checks for firearm applications and police employment within the Borough of Pitman.
Investigators in the Division encourage citizens to report anything suspicious to the police department. You may hold the “piece of the puzzle” that our investigators need to close a case.
Investigators can be reached at 589-3501.
Personal safety tips
Don't carry large amounts of cash with you. If you must carry cash, keep it in your front pocket--not in your purse or wallet.
Be extra careful when carrying a purse--it is a prime target in crowded shopping areas. If you must carry one, make sure it has a strap that can go over the shoulder and be held under the arm, making it more difficult for someone to grab.
Keep a record of your credit card numbers and contacts in a safe place at home. Notify the issuer immediately if your card is lost, stolen or misused.
Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and free range of motion to keep yourself safe.
Have your keys in your hand when walking out to your vehicle--you leave yourself and your packages vulnerable when you set things down to dig for them.
Beware of strangers approaching you. Especially during this time of year, thieves may try various methods to distract you with the intention of taking your money or personal belongings.
Follow your instinct--It's better to be safe than sorry. If you think you're being followed, call 911.
Home safety tips
Secure sliding doors and windows by placing a bar or rod in the track.
Close and lock doors and windows, even when you are home.
Do not leave valuables where they can be easily seen from windows.
Make sure your holiday gifts are not visible through the windows and doors of your home.
Light the inside of your home to give the impression that the home is occupied, or put your lights on an automatic timer.
Never say you are away from home on your answering machine or voicemail's outgoing message.
Temporarily discontinue mail and newspaper services when you are out of town for an extended period, or ask a trusted neighbor or family member to gather it for you.
Have a trusted neighbor or family member check on your place while you are away.
Take laptops, iPods and other valuables with you when you leave for the holidays.
Use a security marker pen or engraver to mark your belongings. Compile a list of serial numbers for your property and keep the list in a safe place.
Call 911 immediately if you see suspicious people or activity in your neighborhood.
Vehicle safety tips
Always park in a well-lit, high-traffic area.
Roll up the windows and lock the doors when leaving your vehicle. Take the keys with you.
Never leave your car running while unattended.
Never leave personal identification documents, credit cards or checks in your vehicle, even if they are concealed from view.
Never leave property in plain sight in an unattended vehicle, even if the vehicle is locked. Put your shopping bags in your trunk or drop packages off at home after a shopping spree. Don't try to cover items on your seats with a blanket.
When transporting large items, secure them to your vehicle. Don't let items hang loosely out of your trunk.
Call 911 immediately if you think a car has been broken into or if you see suspicious activity in a parking lot.