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.

06/16/2022

DPS Team “Are We There Yet?” to participate in the 35th annual Ben to the Shore charity bike ride

The annual Ben to the Shore ride, formerly known as the Tour de Shore, will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2022 from 7am to 3pm. The ride will be held in-person and also will include a virtual participant option.

DPS members are proud to ride in support of the families of injured first responders, to further our relationships with the community we serve, and to help support educational and recreational opportunities for children in the Philadelphia region.

Our team, “Are We There Yet?”,  includes members from Penn Police and other Division of Public Safety departments, divisional partners across the University of Pennsylvania, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Christiana Hospital.

Click here to join our team, view our team roster, or make a donation to an individual rider or our team to help us reach our fundraising goal.

Please contact Sgt. Bud Donovan (Team Captain) at  or Stacy Ritchey at if you plan on riding, or have any questions.

Thank you, and we’ll see you on the route!

Group photo of bike riders in riding gear, with their bikes and helmets, on the Ben Franklin Bridge

About Ben to the Shore:

The Ben to The Shore Bike Tour is a charity bike ride that raises money to provide necessary financial relief for the families of fallen or critically injured first responders and cultivate positive relationships and interactions between police officers and the children in the communities they serve.  The foundation that supports this ride is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, learn more here:  https://www.fbbcf.org/.