Lower occupancy in dorms and the nearby neighborhoods traditionally means greater opportunity for crime, the Division of Public Safety advises. Before leaving their residences unoccupied, faculty, staff and students who live in blocks bounded by the Schuylkill River to 43rd Street, and Baltimore Avenue to Market Street, can list their vacant residences with the Penn Police for "special checks" during the Break. Forms are available at 3914 Locust Walk and at 3927 Walnut Street and must be completed and returned before the break. See Almanac November 22, 1994, (print or Web) for a fuller safety advisory including the use of designated ATMs when campus population is down.
For more information about safety checks and for safety concerns during the break or anytime of year, call the University at one of the numbers shown below.
Penn Police 898-7297
Penn Detectives 898-4485
Victim Support 898-4481/6600
In emergency situations, call Public Safety emergency line or the Philadelphia or SEPTA Police:
On-Campus Emergencies, 511
Off-Campus Emergencies, 573-3333
Philadelphia Police, 911
SEPTA Police, 580-4131