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.

01/20/2022

Safety Strategies – How to Respond to a Carjacking Encounter

We wish to share the following information for safely responding to a carjacking encounter. DPS is working in partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department to educate and protect the community about the increase in these events.

Always remember – your vehicle can be replaced. You are irreplaceable!

Situations to be mindful about:

  • Getting in & out of a vehicle.
  • When parking your vehicle.
  • Gas stations.
  • Cars double parked or left running in the street.
  • Parking locations with poor lighting.
  • Faked car accidents.

Safety Tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, including people and conditions in your area.
  • Start your car and drive away immediately.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Keep your windows rolled up and doors locked.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, leave the area and call police.
  • Keep your cell phone in your pocket to call police easily.
  • Don’t stop for stranded motorists. Note their location and call 911 or 215-573-3333 in the Penn Patrol Zone to provide them with assistance.

If you are a victim of a carjacking:

  • Give up your car & leave the scene.
  • Avoid verbal and physical confrontations.
  • Make a mental note of suspect’s description.
  • Call Penn Police (215-573-3333) or 911 when it is safe to do so.

Your vehicle can be replaced. You are irreplaceable!

Poster listing guidance on how to prevent and respond to a carjacking incident. Full text of this poster is listed in plain text on the webpage.