Crime Alert: Thefts from Autos
Motorists should be aware that numerous reports of thefts from autos have recently been received by the Penn Police Department. The areas of highest reported activity involve vehicles that are parked along city streets adjacent to the campus proper. Specifically, the 3400 through 3800 blocks of Chestnut and Ludlow Streets appear to be areas most frequently targeted. Isolated thefts from auto have also been reported in the 100 and 200 blocks of south 36th and 38th Streets. Persons observing any suspicious behavior of individuals around parked cars should contact the Penn Police Department immediately.
Safety Tips for Vehicle Owners
- Avoid leaving any property that can been seen through windows inside of a parked vehicle.
- If you cannot take your property with you, be sure to secure it in the trunk of the vehicle prior to arriving at your destination. (Avoid storing any property inside the trunk if your vehicle allows access to the trunk through the passenger compartment of the auto.)
- Avoid leaving your vehicle for prolonged periods of time, especially at night or on unattended lots.
- When parking your vehicle at night, try to park in well-lighted and well-traveled areas.
- As always, when there is a problem, use the emergency blue light phones for immediate contact with the Penn Police Department. Open the box and lift the receiver or push the button for direct contact with a dispatcher.
Important Telephone Numbers:
- Penn Police: 898-7297
- Penn Detectives: 898-4485
- Victim Support: 898-4481/6600
Prepared by Officer Ann Haines
Volume 42 Number 28
April 16, 1996
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