Philadelphia Police are investigating a number of gunpoint carjackings targeting delivery drivers and women in the West Philadelphia area over the past six weeks. While several arrests have been made, these incidents continue to occur. We have had three carjacking incidents in the Penn Patrol Zone in the past three weeks. Many victims are being followed by the perpetrator(s), often in another vehicle, often while the victim is parking their vehicle on the street or in a large parking lot. They will then approach the victim as they are getting out of their vehicle.
Please stay aware of your surroundings while parking and exiting your vehicle. If you feel that you are being followed, ensure that your car doors are locked, and call Penn Police at 215-573-3333, or 911 if outside of the Penn patrol zone, or drive to the closest police station.
Penn and Philadelphia Police continue to investigate these crimes, and have increased police and security officer patrols.
We encourage you to use all of the free services available to you and offer the below reminders:
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.