At approximately 8:47 pm on Monday, October 26th, a large group of approximately 150 protestors gathered at 52nd & Locust Streets, and marched through West Philadelphia. At approximately 9:15 pm, approximately 50 individuals broke off from that group and marched to 40th and Chestnut Streets, breaking windows of businesses and vehicles in the area. The group then left the area, heading west on Walnut Street, out of the Penn Patrol Zone.
Penn Police continue to monitor the activity in conjunction with Philadelphia Police. Penn Police and Allied have increased patrols in the area.
Update 9:56pm: All clear in the west side of the patrol zone. Police and security officers will continue to patrol the area.
Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 44th Street.
Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 41st Street.
Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street towards 40th Street.
Update: Last seen heading southbound on 39th at Walnut Street.
Civil unrest in the area of 4000 block of Sansom Street. There are approximately 50 protestors last seen heading eastbound on Chestnut from 39th Street. Police responding, use caution, avoid area.
Additional police and security officers are in the area. For your safety, please ensure you lock your windows and doors.
The Division of Public Safety will continue to provide special checks throughout the Penn patrol zone, to register or learn more, visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/contact/propertycheck/
Please be sure to use the Walking Escorts 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)
Help Line: 215-898-HELP (4357)
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
Under the special checks program, DPS officers check the exterior of registered properties for signs of criminal activity or security breaches at peak travel times during Thanksgiving, Spring and Winter Breaks.
FALL BREAK DATES: Wednesday, November 21st at 5pm to Sunday, November 25th at 3pm.
The program is available without charge to residents in the Penn patrol zone, bounded by 30thStreet west to 43rd Street and from Baltimore Avenue north to Market Street.
Students, faculty and staff who live in the patrol zone are encouraged to register their residence below. Be sure to list your contact information, other occupants, landlord if applicable, vacancy dates, scheduled repairs, and someone other than a landlord with access or a key to the property.
Penn Police will periodically check the exterior of registered properties, for signs of criminal activity or security breaches during the break. Special checks can not be provided for interior areas of apartment complexes.
Remember to close and lock all doors and windows before you leave, and arrange for packages to be delivered elsewhere while you are away. There is an Amazon@Penn delivery location on campus at 1920 Commons, visit www.upenn.edu/housing to learn more.