UPennAlert

Attempted robbery with weapon | 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue. Upon arrival, the complainant stated they were approached by the suspects who demanded her property at point of handgun. The suspects then fled east on Baltimore Avenue towards 39th Street. No physical injuries were reported by the complainant.

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue.

Upon arrival, the complainant stated they were approached by the suspects who demanded her property at point of handgun. The suspects then fled east on Baltimore Avenue towards 39th Street. No physical injuries were reported by the complainant.

The suspects were described as:

Suspect 1: White male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, carrying a handgun.

Suspect 2: Black male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black jacket.

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UPDATE: All clear in the area of 4000 block Baltimore Ave. You may resume normal activity in the area. Penn Police and security are patrolling the area.

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UPennAlert:  Attempted robbery with weapon in the 4000 block of Baltimore Ave.

Police on scene, use caution, avoid the area.

Suspects are described as:

Suspect 1: White male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, carrying a handgun.

Suspect 2: Black male, in late teens, smaller build, wearing a black jacket.

Last seen heading eastbound on Baltimore Avenue toward 39th 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

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.

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)

Safety Strategies: Walk/Ride/Drive Smart

Tips for Bicyclists

  • Use reflectors, reflective tape, or similar devices on cycling shoes, fenders, belts, frames, pedals and handlebars.
  • Keep to the right. Ride with traffic, not against it. By law, a bi cycle is a vehicle and must obey traffic laws.
  • Use hand signals to indicate turning or stopping.
  • Ride defensively.
  • Use bike paths or bike lanes whenever possible.
  • Walk your bicycle across busy intersections.
  • Never race on public space.
  • Avoid riding in bad weather.
  • Avoid riding on trolley tracks.
  • Perform regular maintenance checks.
  • Wear appropriate clothing.
  • Park your bike in an open, well-lit, frequently traveled area.
  • Secure it properly with recommended chains and locks.
  • Use bicycle racks, which are strategically located on campus.
  • DO not lock your bike onto trees or railings.
  • Report any suspicious behavior you see around the bicycle racks.

University Bicycle Policy

NOTE: On public streets and campus paths, bicycles are vehicles and must comply with traffic laws. Cyclists and pedestrians share common University paths. To prevent injuries, common sense and courtesy are key. Bicycles must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Pedestrian traffic is especially heavy on Locust Walk. As a result, the University has instituted the following policy: Between 8:30am and 5:30pm, Monday – Friday, bike riding is prohibited on the following walkways: Locust Walk, Hamilton Walk, Women’s Walk and Smith Walk. Bicyclists are required to walk their bicycles over the Locust Walk, Walnut Street, Paley and Weave footbridges (emergency personnel exempt).

Penn Bike Well

Penn Bike Well Site

Video on Bike Helmet Awareness by James Cracknell:

A personal appeal: Use your head. Use your helmet.

Tips for Motorists

  • Exercise caution when entering or leaving your car, especially in parking lots and garages.
  • Keep windows up, doors locked, and keep your purse and other valuables in your trunk.
  • Intersections and stoplights are common places for would-be attackers. Keep one car length between your auto and the auto in front of you. This gives you an escape route. Keep your car in gear, and if threatened, blow the horn in short repeated blasts and drive away.
  • If you have car trouble, raise the hood and remain in the car with doors locked. If strangers stop, ask them to report your predicament to the police, but do not encourage their assistance.
    Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Never leave your auto registration, credit cards, and other important papers in the glove compartment.
  • Use auto theft prevention tools.
  • Do not mark your key chain with your name, address, and license number. Lost keys can lead a thief to your car.

A reminder: Parking on campus is restricted. Illegally parked cars will be towed. To obtain a Pennsylvania Learner’s Permit, Operator’s License or the Pennsylvania Drivers’ Manual, contact the Licensing Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Police, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-560-2398.

Tips for Pedestrians

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
  • Keep alert at all times.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible.

Safety Tips for Micromobility Devices

Micromobility devices include scooters and e-scooters, skateboards and e-skateboards, bicycles and e-bikes, mono-wheels, and more. 

Wear your helmet, every time.

Slow down.

Park responsibly. Do not block egress or handrails. Always use a u-lock.

Practice good judgement.

Know how to operate your vehicle, practice for safety!

Scooter Safety!

  • Wear a helmet
  • Yield to Pedestrians
  • Stay off sidewalks
  • Use a bike rack and u-lock to secure
  • Bring your battery with you, if portable
  • Ride in bike lanes
  • One rider per scooter
  • Obey traffic laws