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.

03/18/2021

Penn #FlattenTheHate Campaign in Support of Asian and Asian-American Community

In light of the horrific events in Georgia yesterday, we wanted to share information on the University’s Task Force on Support to Asian and Asian American Students and Scholars that began in April of 2020 to support those in the Penn community affected by Asian xenophobia and bias, which as you may know has steadily increased during the year-long Coronavirus pandemic.

Over the summer, Penn began a campaign titled #FlattenTheHate, showing members of the Penn community standing in solidarity and support with our Asian and Asian-American community members. For those of you in the University City area, you may see these posters throughout our campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. Below is a brief fact sheet on the Task Force which includes resources for both Penn and community members effected by this unnerving trend.

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  • In April 2020, Penn established the Task Force on Support to Asian and Asian-American Students and Scholars to coordinate and enhance support to members of the Penn community experiencing increased stigma, bias, discrimination, and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • These incidents have increased alarmingly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially against people of Asian backgrounds. In March 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that “Hate crime incidents against Asian-Americans will likely surge.” Data collected by an Asian-American advocacy organization, meanwhile, record over 1,700 reports of anti-Asian behavior from mid-March to mid-May 2020, and nearly 60% of Asian-Americans in a recent Pew Research Center survey agreed that anti-Asian behavior had become more commonplace since the onset of the pandemic.
  • The Task Force has made working with partners a priority, both in Penn’s neighborhood (like UCD), the city (including Asian-American advocacy organizations), and beyond (like the Japanese American National Museum).
  • The Task Force invites UCD and community partners to join our FlattenTheHate campaign featuring members of the Penn community that aims to raise awareness of anti-Asian bias and encourage all members of the community to stand against it, as well as our Community Discussion Series, which includes panel discussions, documentary film screenings, and Restorative Practice circles.
  • Penn community members affected by anti-Asian behavior can visit our website to find support resources, including ways to report incidents or to be an upstander.
    • If you’re unsure of where to start, contact the Special Services 24-hour helpline at 215.898.6600 or by email at   Special Services is able to assist all Penn students, faculty, and staff regardless of school/center affiliation.

[1] Provided for informational purposes only.

Poster - images of Penn Affiliates with text Flatten the Hate. Learn more here: https://global.upenn.edu/global-initiatives/task-force-support-asian-and-asian-american-students-scholars