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DPS Safety Advisory

  • Posted on October 11, 2021 at 6:39PM
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DPS Safety Advisory:

The Division of Public Safety is investigating an increase in bike and scooter thefts in the Penn Patrol zone. This trend is being seen throughout the City of Philadelphia as well. We wish to inform and protect the community by working together to prevent additional thefts. There are steps you can take to help reduce the likelihood of a bike theft, such as properly securing your bike to a bike rack, registering your bike (and other property) with Campus Express, and being aware of your surroundings.

Ways to stay safe:

Lock your bike! Lock your bike to a secure bike rack using the triangle method.

  • Use a u-lock secured to a stationary rack and around bike frame: through the rear triangle and rear wheel rim.
  • Cable lock secured through lock and around front wheel rim.
  • Locking skewers installed to replace quick releases.
  • Cable lock secured to seat and around bike frame.

Register your bike! You may register your bike though Campus Express at, including a description and a photo.

Reminder, bicycles, scooters, and other motorized vehicles are prohibited on the sidewalks in Philadelphia, and restricted use on University walkways. Always wear a helmet.

Safe Biking at Penn

On public streets and campus paths, bicycles are vehicles and must comply with traffic laws. Cyclists, scooters and pedestrians share common University paths. To prevent injuries, common sense and courtesy are key. Bicycles and scooters must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Pedestrian traffic is especially heavy on Locust Walk. As a result, bike and scooter riding is prohibited on the following walkways: Locust Walk, Hamilton Walk, Women’s Walk and Smith Walk. Bicyclists and scooters are required to walk their bicycles and scooters over the Locust Walk, Walnut Street, Paley and Weave footbridges (emergency personnel exempt).

Student Health Service Bike information page: Penn Bike Well Site


We encourage you to use all of the free services available to you and offer the below reminders:

  • Use Walking Escort to walk with you to any location between 30th Street and 43rd Streets, from Market Street to Baltimore Avenue 24/7; as well as west to 50th Street and north into Powelton between 10 am – 3 am.
  • Use PennRides for free transportation to both the West Philadelphia and Center City areas.
  • For a medical emergency, call 215-573-3333 for the Alternative Response Unit (AR-1) and Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) .
  • If you see something, say something. Report suspicious behavior immediately to Penn Police at 215-573-3333.

Also, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the UPennAlert System, as well as the Penn Guardian App which can help Public Safety locate you in an emergency. Remember that after receiving a UPennAlert, you can find additional information about the on-going emergency on the Public Safety website. Our website becomes a “Bulletin Board” with real time updates during an event or emergency, and is an excellent source of information to the entire Penn community and parents of students who are living in the University City area.

DPS Contact Information


  • Dial 215-573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)
  • Or use any of our 700 Blue Light Emergency Phones on and off campus

Walking Escort: 215-898-WALK (9255)

Penn Transit Ride Service: 215-898-RIDE (7433)

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