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.

03/28/2012

PennCycle Launches Pilot Bicycling Program

PennCycle, a student-run bicycle share program, will launch Friday March 16th, with festivities from noon to 4pm at Hill Field, 34th and Chestnut Streets.  There will be free bike rides, food and music to celebrate the launch.

Read all about this exciting new initiative in the Penn News:  www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penncycle-launches-pilot-bicycling-program

3/28/12 Update:
The Division of Public Safety is proud to be a part of PennCycle, the first campus-wide, student run,  bike share program. This initiative is the product of over a year’s worth of planning and collaboration between students and many offices and organizations throughout the University, including Public Safety and Risk Management.  The kick-off event was held on March 16th at Hill Field where Penn community members were able to test ride the new PennCycle bikes, sign-up to participate in the program, and enjoy free food from our local restaurants.  Additionally Penn Police were present to register property, particularly bicycles, on CampusExpress. The pilot program is open to all faculty, staff and students.  To rent bikes go to www.penncycle.org  
Vice President Rush is very supportive of the Penn Cycle Program for many reasons, Crime Prevention leading the list: The number one crime challenge on college campuses today, Penn included, is theft of bicycles.  There are many reasons for this, but the number one reason is improperly secured bicycles that sit on bike racks for months without being used by their student owners.  These bikes attract bike thieves who have connected with  bike theft rings throughout cities to create a very  lucrative income. Penn’s campus is beautiful and contiguous and very walk able.  The Penn Cycle Program allows students to rent bicycles when they want to leave campus, hit the Schuylkill River bike trails, etc. without having to take their $3,000 bike from their parents’ garage, only to improperly secure it to an external bike rack. The formula for crime is: Motive + Opportunity. This program will take away the “Opportunity” by removing the bait…..student bikes.   Second, the Penn Cycle Program will be offering safety information for biking in an urban environment, including how to avoid head trauma by properly wearing a bike helmet.  
In additional to working with the Penn Cycle Program the Division of Public Safety will be working with the Undergraduate Assembly and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly on a Bicycle Safety education campaign, which will include information on avoiding head trauma through the use of helmets;  bike security  through the proper locking devices, U-Locks; and registering your bike and ALL of your personal possessions through the CampusExpress Program.
With Spring just around the corner, DPS looks forward to working with all bicycle enthusiast in creating a safe and enjoyable biking experience at Penn.

Update:

The Division of Public Safety is proud to be a part of PennCycle, the first campus-wide, student run,  bike share program. This initiative is the product of over a year’s worth of planning and collaboration between students and many offices and organizations throughout the University, including Public Safety and Risk Management.  The kick-off event was held on March 16th at Hill Field where Penn community members were able to test ride the new PennCycle bikes, sign-up to participate in the program, and enjoy free food from our local restaurants.  Additionally Penn Police were present to register property, particularly bicycles, on CampusExpress. The pilot program is open to all faculty, staff and students.  To rent bikes go to www.penncycle.org  

Vice President Rush is very supportive of the Penn Cycle Program for many reasons, Crime Prevention leading the list: The number one crime challenge on college campuses today, Penn included, is theft of bicycles.  There are many reasons for this, but the number one reason is improperly secured bicycles that sit on bike racks for months without being used by their student owners.  These bikes attract bike thieves who have connected with  bike theft rings throughout cities to create a very  lucrative income. Penn’s campus is beautiful and contiguous and very walk able.  The Penn Cycle Program allows students to rent bicycles when they want to leave campus, hit the Schuylkill River bike trails, etc. without having to take their $3,000 bike from their parents’ garage, only to improperly secure it to an external bike rack. The formula for crime is: Motive + Opportunity. This program will take away the “Opportunity” by removing the bait…..student bikes.   Second, the Penn Cycle Program will be offering safety information for biking in an urban environment, including how to avoid head trauma by properly wearing a bike helmet.  

In additional to working with the Penn Cycle Program the Division of Public Safety will be working with the Undergraduate Assembly and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly on a Bicycle Safety education campaign, which will include information on avoiding head trauma through the use of helmets;  bike security  through the proper locking devices, U-Locks; and registering your bike and ALL of your personal possessions through the CampusExpress Program.

With Spring just around the corner, DPS looks forward to working with all bicycle enthusiast in creating a safe and enjoyable biking experience at Penn.