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.

Safety & Security Partners

The Division of Public Safety works closely with City, State and Federal agencies in order to receive intelligence, training and long range forecasting of issues that will ultimately impact the safety and security of our community.

The Division of Public Safety works closely with City, State and Federal agencies, such as the City of Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments, the District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia Probation and Parole, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, the Pennsylvania State Attorney General, FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Secret Service, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and City/State/Federal Homeland Security branches, just to name a few. Our goal is to be broadly connected to these agencies in order to receive intelligence, training and long range forecasting of issues that will ultimately impact the safety and security of our community.

More specifically, the UPPD and the Philadelphia Police Department, maintain a strong collaborative partnership, and share tactical, strategic and investigative information on a daily basis. In addition, monthly public safety group meetings are held with participants from multiple law enforcement agencies in the city, such as SEPTA police, Amtrak police, Philadelphia Housing Authority Police, as well as security partners from educational institutions within University City and property managers from University City buildings. The UPPD also has assigned personnel to work on varying Federal Law Enforcement Task Forces in a joint mission to attack violent crime issues.

Fire and Emergency Services (FES) maintains professional relationships with numerous governmental agencies that regulate life safety, property protection and process operational issues or respond to the campus during emergencies. There is a continuous liaison with Philadelphia’s Fire Department and Department of License & Inspections as it relates to preplanning for emergencies, emergency response and/or Philadelphia Code compliance issues. FES provides numerous informational tours and pre-inspection plans for all campus buildings in the pre-emergency phase, and participates in various exercises that enhance response capability. During an actual emergency, FES acts as Liaison to assist any outside responding Incident Commander in their mitigation role.

FES has also interfaced with other city Departments such as Water, Health, and the Managing Director’s Office of Emergency Management. A member of FES sits on the Philadelphia Local Emergency Planning Committee (PLEPC) actively participating in Chemical Emergency Preparedness for the city residents. And a member currently serves as the president of the Philadelphia Citizens’ for Fire Prevention Committee.

Additionally, FES interacts with numerous other state and federal agencies such as PEMA, Labor & Industry, EPA, DHS, and OSHA. Relationships are maintained with all response agencies that fall under the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

DPS is proud to maintain a positive and collaborative working relationship with the many safety, security and law enforcement agencies, which in turn, dramatically benefit the overall safety of the University City community.