UPennAlert

Attempted Theft

Update: All clear in the area of 4200 block of Chestnut Street. Police and Security are patrolling the area. You may resume normal activity. UPennAlert: Attempted theft in the 4200 block of Chestnut Street. Police on scene, use caution, avoid the area.

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted theft in the 4200 block of Chestnut Street. Upon arrival, the complainant stated they were approached by the suspect who asked for her to give him her property. The suspect then fled south on 42nd Street towards Sansom Street. No physical injuries were reported by the complainant.

Update: All clear in the area of 4200 block of Chestnut Street. Police and Security are patrolling the area. You may resume normal activity.

UPennAlert: Attempted theft in the 4200 block of Chestnut Street. Police on scene, use caution, avoid the area.

Suspect is described as a dark complected Black male, tall, thin build, in his 30s, wearing all dark clothing.

Last seen heading south on 42nd Street near Sansom 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

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)

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.

Security Services

The University of Pennsylvania contracts with Allied Universal Security Services to provide comprehensive guard services for the University of Pennsylvania and the University City District.

Contact

Office: 215-573-6670
Emergency: 215.573.3333 / 511
Email Security Services

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Josh Forman, MBA

Director of Security Services

Director of Security Services Josh Forman comes to DPS after most recently serving for the past 2 years as Director of Hospitality Safety, Security and Communications at a major retailer, successfully leading all aspects of safety, security and communications operations for all of their hospitality and leisure businesses across the U.S and Canada.

Security Services by the Numbers.

+4500
Walking Escorts Annually
+550
Security Officers
450
Call for lockouts & Services
+1250
Jumpstarts Annually
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24/7 Walking Escort Service

Uniformed Allied Universal Public Safety Officers provide free walking escorts to everyone, across all campus locations. Officers are dispatched by radio and will accompany you from one campus location to another, to your parked vehicle, to a Penn Transit Stop or to an on-campus SEPTA regional transit stop.

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, between 30th to 43rd Streets and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue.

Escort services also extend west to 50th Street, and north/south from Spring Garden to Woodland Avenue, between 10 a.m. and 3 a.m. 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.
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Lockout & Jumpstart Services

Security Services offers free 24/7 lockout & jump-start services to anyone on Penn’s campus. Simply call 215-573-3333 (511 from campus phone) and a Public Safety Officer will be dispatched to your location.

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College House Security

Trained Public Safety security officers are stationed within all College Houses, providing a physical security presence for students, staff, and visitors.

The physical security presence is complemented by state-of-the-art electronic access control, strategically-positioned CCTV cameras and lighting.

A valid PennCard is required for entry into residential areas. Once the PennCard holder has swiped into the electronic turnstile, a PennCard Access Code (PAC), unique to each holder, must be entered in order to be permitted access.

For more on residential & guest access, visit Penn’s Residential Services website: http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/residential-services/services-a-support/residential-a-guest-access.html

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