The Division of Public Safety encourages you to learn about all of the safety services available to you. Choose a link to the right to learn about specific safety and security initiatives, practices and tips. Please also take a moment to review the below safety services that the Division of Public Safety offers the community.
Emergencies: Call (215) 573-3333 or dial 511 from any campus phone.
Please program this number into your cell phone speed dial as “Penn Pub Safety.” Use this number for all medical and emergency-related calls, including the reporting of suspicious behavior, or to reach Penn Police & Public Safety personnel.
General information: Call (215) 898-7297
Safety and Security Services:
Walking Escort Services
Walking Escort Service: (215) 898-WALK (9255). Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, between 43rd & 30th Streets and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue. Escorts are also available from 10 a.m. until 3 a.m. between 50th & 30th Streets and Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue via the University’s partnership with the University District Ambassador Program.
How to Request a Walking Escort:
- Ask any Public Safety Officer on patrol or inside a building
- Call 215-898-WALK (9255) or 511 (from campus phone)
- Use one of the many building and blue-light ephones located on and off Penn's Campus
Penn Transit Ride Service
Business Services’ Penn Ride Service: Penn Transit Services: 215) 898-RIDE (7433) Monday-Sunday, 6 p.m.-3 a.m.; Limited on-call service, 3 a.m.-7 a.m. Visit www.upenn.edu/transportation.
UPennAlert Emergency Notification System
The UPennAlert Emergency Notification System enables fast and efficient dissemination of critical information to members of the University community during a major emergency via text messaging, e-mail, digital displays and the Penn Siren Outdoor System (Penn SOS). If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes now to register or update your contact information. All information is secure and confidential.
- Students: Register at Penn InTouch via Penn Portal
- Faculty/Staff: Register at Penn Directories
- Learn More about UPennAlert
Blue Light Phones:
If you observe a potential safety hazard, need a walking escort, or require Penn Police assistance, contact the Division of Public Safety from one of more than over 300 blue-light phones on campus and in the surrounding community. Just pick up the receiver or press the button.
This service allows PennComm, the DPS emergency communications center, to identify your GPS coordinates when you call from a cell phone that you have registered with Penn Guardian. Penn Guardian is available to you as a member of the Penn community. To activate this service, you must sign up and register your cell phone number. Once your cell phone number has been registered, a dispatcher will be able to view the profile information that you have entered when you call the DPS emergency number – 215-573-3333.
Penn Students and Faculty/Staff can register their bicycles, electronic equipment and other valuable property, online with the University of Pennsylvania Police Department. Students can also purchase a U-Lock through their SFS account.
- Students: Access Campus Express Online via CampusExpress
- Faculty/Staff: Access U@Penn via www.upenn.edu/u@penn
Safety Presentations and Materials:
Members of the Division of Public Safety will provide safety information including brochures, videos, and presentations upon request. To request materials or arrange for a presentation, please contact our Special Services Department at (215) 898-4481 or submit a form online.
Preventing Theft on Campus:
Unattended theft is the number one crime here at Penn. The majority of all theft reported to the Penn Police occurs because items are left unattended or are improperly secured.
- All items should be taken with you at all times.
- U-Locks, NOT cable locks, should be used on bikes.
- You should always lock your doors, even if leaving for a few minutes.
- Always report suspicious activity by contacting the Division of Public Safety at 215-573-3333 or 511 from a campus phone.
The Division of Public Safety asks that all members engage the idea that “Safety and Security is a Shared Responsibility.” Please remember to take your personal property with you at all times, don’t leave doors unlocked and report suspicious behavior.