UPennAlert

Attempted robbery with weapon | 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue. Upon arrival, the complainant stated they were approached by the suspects who demanded her property at point of handgun. The suspects then fled east on Baltimore Avenue towards 39th Street. No physical injuries were reported by the complainant.

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue.

Upon arrival, the complainant stated they were approached by the suspects who demanded her property at point of handgun. The suspects then fled east on Baltimore Avenue towards 39th Street. No physical injuries were reported by the complainant.

The suspects were described as:

Suspect 1: White male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, carrying a handgun.

Suspect 2: Black male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black jacket.

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UPDATE: All clear in the area of 4000 block Baltimore Ave. You may resume normal activity in the area. Penn Police and security are patrolling the area.

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UPennAlert:  Attempted robbery with weapon in the 4000 block of Baltimore Ave.

Police on scene, use caution, avoid the area.

Suspects are described as:

Suspect 1: White male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, carrying a handgun.

Suspect 2: Black male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black jacket.

Last seen heading eastbound on Baltimore Avenue toward 39th Street.

Police responding, use caution, avoid the area.

Additional police and security officers are in the area.

The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking and Riding Escorts available to you free of charge.

Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian System which can help Police better find your location in an emergency.

UPennAlert Registration: Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert for information on how to register.

Penn Guardian: Visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian/ for information on the PennGuardian system.

Contact Information: Emergencies: 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)

Special Services: 215/898-6600

Escort Services: Walking 215/898-WALK (9255)

Penn Transit Ride Service 215/898-RIDE (7433)

General Information: 215/898-7297

The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking Escort and Riding services available to you free of charge. Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to update your cellphone information for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian App which can help Police better find your location when you call in an emergency.

Emergencies 215-573-3333 / 511 (campus phone)
General Information 215-898-7297
Special Services 215-898-4481 (215-898-6600 off-hours)
HELP Line 215-898-HELP (4357)
DPS Headquarters 4040 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Walking Escort 215-898-WALK (9255)
Penn Transit Ride 215-898-RIDE (7433)

PennComm Emergency Communications Center

The PennComm team provide emergency communications and response between all members of the Penn and University City communities and police, fire and medical emergency responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact

Call PennComm 24/7/365: 215-573-3333

Matthew D. Corcoran

Director of PennComm Emergency Communications Center

Matthew Corcoran joined the Division of Public Safety in August, 2012. Matt serves as the Director of the PennComm Emergency Communications Center, overseeing the day to day operations of the Division’s Emergency Communication Center, a 24/7/365 operation.

PennComm & Emergency Communications by the Numbers.

+145
Pan-tilt-zoom Cameras
+1200
Fixed Cameras
+106k
Calls for service processed annually

PennComm Operations Center.

PennComm is the heart of Public Safety. Our highly trained dispatchers provide critical communications for a vast array of situations and conditions. The team provides emergency communications and response between all members of the Penn and University City communities and police, fire and medical emergency responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

AR-1 & Philadelphia Fire Department

PennComm dispatchers directly connect to our partners in the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) for response from our on-campus AR-1 (LINK) unit and PFD medics and firefighters in medical, fire, and other emergency situations.

Virtual Patrol

PennComm operators, like the police officers assigned to various sectors for active walking, bike, and vehicle patrol, are trained to view the Penn Patrol Zone using the CCTV cameras through virtual patrol on a 24/7 basis for the purposes of crime prevention and abatement.

Calls for Service and City Integration

Over 106,000 calls for service are processed directly by the PennComm Center annually, including calls for Walking Escort services. The dispatching center utilizes a state-of-the-art Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) System to record all requests for service from the Penn Community, and is responsible for monitoring all alarms throughout campus, including burglar alarms, duress alarms and fire alarm systems. The Dispatchers can also see the City of Philadelphia’s 911 calls and respond quickly to any calls within the Penn Patrol Zone.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV).

The process of designing and maintaining a system of Closed Circuit Television Cameras within the Penn Patrol Zone for the purposes of crime prevention and crime abatement was developed through a collaborative process between the Division of Public Safety, the University of Pennsylvania and West Philadelphia community leaders and residents.

An eight-person CCTV Monitoring Panel, comprising Penn faculty, students and staff, was established in 1999 before any cameras were installed in order to ensure compliance with the CCTV policy by the Division of Public Safety. This panel continues (with rotating membership) to coordinate and approve the locations for all installations of CCTV cameras in public spaces on and off campus.

Currently there are over 145 pan-tilt-zoom CCTV cameras and over 1200 hundred fixed cameras on Penn’s campus and the city’s streets – all feeding back to the PennComm Center. Our CCTV cameras are proactively used by our dispatchers to deter crime, identify safety hazards, and support our personnel when responding to an incident. These cameras assist DPS in enhancing the quality of life for the Penn and University City community through virtual CCTV patrols.

Quote Section

“The person who took my emergency call did an amazing job to take care of my problem, in all respects (efficiency, speed of light, smart, kindness, humanity and attention to all details to take care of all my concerns). I cannot thank her enough, as well as DPS and UPenn for having such outstanding professionals taking care of all of us.”
G.M., Penn Parent