SAFETY AFTER DARK
Some Tricks for Traveling More Safely
Yes, it is that time again: the clock goes back one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, October 26. Everybody loses an hour of daylight at the end of the day, just when most of us are homeward bound-and the criminal gains an hour of prime-time darkness in which to work. From the Special Services Unit in Public Safety (formerly called "Victim Support"), here are some tips for everyone who uses public transportation.
- Susan A. Hawkins, Director of Special Services, Division of Public Safety
Public Transportation Safety Tips
Emergency Phones at Subway Stops
30th & Market Street - Subway surface SEPTA Emergency Phone located near the middle of the platform on the wall.
33rd & Market Street - SEPTA Emergency Phone on both the east and west platforms on the wall near the middle of the platform.
34th & Market Street - SEPTA Emergency Phone on the (El) platform for east- and west-bound trains.
36th & Sansom Street - SEPTA Emergency Phone on both the east and west platforms on the wall near the middle of the platform.
37th & Spruce Street- SEPTA Emergency Phone near the middle of the west bound platform on the wall. SEPTA Emergency Phone near the middle of the east-bound platform.
40th & Market Street- El subway stop; SEPTA Emergency Phone
located on the platform on the wall near the cashier.
During Peak Hours: Watch Out for Pickpockets
Here are eight things pickpockets don't want you to know.
1. Never display money in a crowd. (Think this through before you leave the safety of your office, so you aren't fumbling in public with your purse or wallet.)
2. Never wear necklaces, chains or other jewelry in plain view.
3. Handbag: Carry tightly under your arm with the clasp toward your body. Never let it dangle by the handle. Keep it with you at all times and always keep it closed. Never place it on a seat beside you.
4. Wallet: Carry in an inside coat pocket or side trouser pocket.
5. Immediately check your wallet or purse when you are jostled in a crowd. (And then be doubly watchful, because the jostling may have been a ploy to get you to reveal where you carry your money.)
6. If your pocket is picked, call out immediately to let the operator and your fellow passengers know there is a pickpocket on the vehicle.
7. Beware of loud arguments and commotions aboard vehicles or on station platforms. Many times these incidents are staged to distract your attention while your pocket is picked.
8. If you suspect pickpockets at work on a particular transit route or
subway station, call SEPTA Police Hotline, 580-4131/4132. It's answered
24 hours a day. You do not have to give your name. Trained personnel will
take your information and see to it that something gets done. Also, notify
Penn Police at 511 or Special Services at 898-4481.
Traveling During Non-Peak Times
|In the event of an emergency call:|
|University of Pennsylvania Police||573-3333|
|Children's Hospital of Philadelphia||590-3480|
|Poison Control Center||386-2100|
For additional safety tips contact Special Services at 898-4481/6600, 204 S. 40th Street. The unit is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and its 898-6600 line is a 24-hour one.
For emergencies contact the University of Pennsylvania Police Department by using the Blue Light Phones or call 511 on campus, or call 573-3333 from off-campus.
To contact the Philadelphia Police Department call 911.