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)
05/30/2012

Commercial Loading Zones Create Safer Streets

Newly created commercial loading zones help create safer streets for bikes and pedestrians on Penn’s campus. 
As part of the University’s Green Campus Partnership, Penn is committed to encouraging the use of sustainable transportation options such as biking, walking and public transit. To that end, the Division of Public Safety (DPS), Business Services, Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) and Government & Community Affairs worked together on making some key changes to street parking regulations along Walnut Street, 40th Street and Spruce Street. 
Public Safety observed that delivery vehicles, as well transit vehicles, were occasionally double parking and blocking bike lanes in order to make deliveries or pickup/drop off passengers. This was leading to unsafe conditions for the growing number of cyclists using the bike lanes installed along Walnut Street and Spruce Street. In addition, Penn Transit passengers were crossing the bike lane and parked cars to get on or off the East and West bus and shuttle routes. 
The solution was to create safe, curb-side loading zones to allow deliveries to be made and passengers picked-up/dropped off without having to block or cross the bike lane. A coalition of interested parties at Penn was formed to determine the needs and concerns around this issue. The Penn Police Department and Government & Community Affairs started discussions with the City of Philadelphia Streets Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) to explore developing commercial loading zones and designated bus parking for the Penn Transit vehicles. 
The city and PPA were receptive and supportive of the loading zone concept and agreed to make the following changes: 
1) There are now designated bus stop/loading zones at Penn Transit stops along Walnut, 40th and Spruce Streets including 3401 Walnut, the Bookstore, Pottruck, Schattner, Rosenthal, the Quad, and Gates Pavilion at HUP. 
2) Bus Stops are in effect from 5 pm to 3 am, 7 days a week 
3) 30 minute loading zones are in effect from 6 am to 4pm, Monday-Sunday at 3401 Walnut, 3601 Walnut and 3901 Walnut Streets. 
4) During the time periods specified above, parking will not be allowed in these zones and violators will be issued City of Philadelphia traffic tickets. Parking is allowed at all other times and days. 
Penn’s Public Safety, along with PPA, will be enforcing these new parking regulations in order to ensure the safety of cyclists and transit riders. 
An alternative to parking a vehicle on the city street is to park in a University parking garage or lot. Penn Parking has several off street parking facilities that can be used for daily or hourly parking (Garages at 34th & Chestnut, 38th & Walnut, 40th and Walnut and Convention Avenue near South Street). Plus a number of campus lots (34th & Chestnut, 38th & Sansom and 31st & Chestnut) offer paid parking after 4 pm during the week and all day on weekends. Parking at Penn is always cheaper than a parking ticket. 
Plus Penn’s parking facilities are patrolled by Penn Police and monitored by Parking personnel to keep you and your vehicle safe and secure.

Newly created commercial loading zones help create safer streets for bikes and pedestrians on Penn’s campus. 

As part of the University’s Green Campus Partnership, Penn is committed to encouraging the use of sustainable transportation options such as biking, walking and public transit. To that end, the Division of Public Safety (DPS), Business Services, Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) and Government & Community Affairs worked together on making some key changes to street parking regulations along Walnut Street, 40th Street and Spruce Street. 

Public Safety observed that delivery vehicles, as well transit vehicles, were occasionally double parking and blocking bike lanes in order to make deliveries or pickup/drop off passengers. This was leading to unsafe conditions for the growing number of cyclists using the bike lanes installed along Walnut Street and Spruce Street. In addition, Penn Transit passengers were crossing the bike lane and parked cars to get on or off the East and West bus and shuttle routes. 

The solution was to create safe, curb-side loading zones to allow deliveries to be made and passengers picked-up/dropped off without having to block or cross the bike lane. A coalition of interested parties at Penn was formed to determine the needs and concerns around this issue. The Penn Police Department and Government & Community Affairs started discussions with the City of Philadelphia Streets Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) to explore developing commercial loading zones and designated bus parking for the Penn Transit vehicles. 

The city and PPA were receptive and supportive of the loading zone concept and agreed to make the following changes: 

1) There are now designated bus stop/loading zones at Penn Transit stops along Walnut, 40th and Spruce Streets including 3401 Walnut, the Bookstore, Pottruck, Schattner, Rosenthal, the Quad, and Gates Pavilion at HUP. 

2) Bus Stops are in effect from 5 pm to 3 am, 7 days a week 

3) 30 minute loading zones are in effect from 6 am to 4pm, Monday-Sunday at 3401 Walnut, 3601 Walnut and 3901 Walnut Streets. 

4) During the time periods specified above, parking will not be allowed in these zones and violators will be issued City of Philadelphia traffic tickets. Parking is allowed at all other times and days. 

Penn’s Public Safety, along with PPA, will be enforcing these new parking regulations in order to ensure the safety of cyclists and transit riders. 

An alternative to parking a vehicle on the city street is to park in a University parking garage or lot. Penn Parking has several off street parking facilities that can be used for daily or hourly parking (Garages at 34th & Chestnut, 38th & Walnut, 40th and Walnut and Convention Avenue near South Street). Plus a number of campus lots (34th & Chestnut, 38th & Sansom and 31st & Chestnut) offer paid parking after 4 pm during the week and all day on weekends. Parking at Penn is always cheaper than a parking ticket. 

Plus Penn’s parking facilities are patrolled by Penn Police and monitored by Parking personnel to keep you and your vehicle safe and secure.