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Update to the DPS Safety Advisory to the Penn Community regarding an increase in carjackings in the City of Philadelphia

  • Posted on January 14, 2022 at 2:48PM
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A reminder, Philadelphia Police have reported an increase in carjackings in the West Philadelphia area. The suspects are usually males, ranging in age from 15 – 30 years of age. They will often approach the victim as they are getting into or out of their vehicle.

We wish to share the following information from the Philadelphia Police Department for safely responding to a carjacking encounter:

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!

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DPS Safety Advisory to the Penn Community 12/11/21

Recently, Philadelphia Police have reported an increase in carjackings in the West Philadelphia area. The suspects are usually males, ranging in age from 15 – 30 years of age. They will often approach the victim as they are getting out of their vehicle. While none of these incidents have occurred in the Penn Patrol Zone, we wish to share the following safety information with our community.

Please stay aware of your surroundings while parking and exiting your vehicle. If you feel that you are being followed, or someone attempts to stop your vehicle, 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.

Philadelphia Police continue to investigate these crimes, and Penn Public Safety has dedicated additional resources to supplement regular patrols in our area.

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) .
  • Call 215-898-HELP 24/7 for members of the Penn community who are seeking time sensitive help in navigating Penn’s resources for health and wellness.
  • Request a safety presentation by going to: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/contact/presentation-request-form/
  • If you see something, say something. Report suspicious behavior immediately to Penn Police at 215-573-3333.

The safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority.

 

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