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A Thanksgiving Advisory from the
University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Thanksgiving Break 1997 (11/27/97 to 11/30/97) is just around the corner. Traditionally, this is a time of lower occupancy and greater opportunity for crime. Therefore, in order to reduce the opportunity for crime (burglaries, criminal mischief, etc.), the Division of Public Safety is offering to conduct Special Checks of Residential Properties during the following time period:

5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 1997 to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 1997

Faculty, staff and students who live in the following geographical boundariesthe Schuylkill River to 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue to Market Streetmay list their residence with the Penn Police Department for Special Checks during the period it will be vacant.

Penn Police officers will periodically check the exterior of the property for signs of criminal activity or security breaches. If any problems are discovered, the officers will take appropriate action ranging from arresting the perpetrator to conducting an interior check of the property with subsequent notifications to the listed occupant.

If you would like to list your residence for Special Checks during Thanksgiving Break 1997, please pick up an application at the Penn Police Headquarters, 3914 Locust Walk or the Special Services Unit, 206 S. 40th Street. You need to complete and return the application to either location prior to vacating the premise. Below you will find safety tips and security tips to help keep your time away from Penn a safe and happy one.

Wishing you good food and quiet moments with family and friends.

--Susan A. Hawkins, Director, Special Services


Safety and Security Tips for Thanksgiving Break 1997


Thanksgiving Break 1997 is almost here! Along with eating lots of turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet potato pie, let's also think about safety! To keep this time away from Penn restful and fun, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:


If you are leaving Penn for Thanksgiving Break:

  • Secure or remove all valuables (i.e., jewelry, computers, stereos, televisions, etc.). All valuables should already be engraved with your Social Security or other identifying number. Engravers are available at the Special Services Unit office (206 S. 40th Street, 898-4481).
  • Close and lock all windows; close all shades, drapes and blinds. Lock and bolt entrance doors to rooms or apartments.
  • Use timers on lights and on a radio or television to give your residence the appearance of being occupied.
  • Register your residence with Public Safety for Special Checks during the Break.
  • Your answering device message should never indicate that you are not at home. Always use plural nouns even if you live alone (e.g., "we're not available to take your call right now"). Don't use your name(s).
  • Make sure that your exterior lighting works and turn all lights on. Preferably, exterior lights should be on a timer or photoelectric cell. If not, contact your landlord with regards to installing these security devices before you leave for Break!


If you are remaining at Penn during Thanksgiving Break:

  • Use one of the ten automated teller machines (ATMs) located inside University buildings and avoid withdrawing money at night. Check the amount withdrawn only after you are safely inside your office or residence. Never display money in a crowd.
  • Carry only necessary credit cards and money.
  • Carry your wallet in an inside coat pocket or side trouser pocket. Carry your handbag tightly under your arm with the clasp toward your body. Never let it dangle by the handle.
  • Keep your wallet or handbag closed and with you at all times. Never place it on the seat beside you, on the counter next to you or under a seat when dining.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Trust your instincts. Stay in well-lighted and well-travelled areas.
  • Walk with your head up, shoulders back and your eyes scanning the people around you.
  • Use the "buddy" system or the Penn Transit System when travelling at night. From non-University exchanges, dial 898-RIDE for the vehicular escort service or 898-WALK for the walking escort service between the hours of 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. daily.
  • Please note: The Penn Transit System will be not be operating on Thanksgiving Day (11/27/97). However, full vehicular escort services will resume on Friday, 11/28/97, for the remainder of Thanksgiving Break. (PennBus will resume service, Monday, 12/1/97).
  • If you are expecting guests or workers, do not open your door until you know it is the right person(s). Always ask to see identification of callers you don't know.
  • If accosted, don't resist! Don't panic! Stay calm and get a good description of the assailant (i.e., race, sex, approximate age, height, weight, clothing description, direction travelled, etc.) and report the incident to the police as soon as possible.
  • Know the locations of Penn's Blue Light Emergency phones. Open the box, lift the receiver or push the button to talk.
  • Report any suspicious behavior or activities as soon as you can: where, what, who, when and how.
  • Know your Emergency Telephone Numbers.

 

Key Numbers for Safety

Division of Public Safety
Penn Police Department,
3914 Locust Walk

Emergencies On Campus
(Penn Exchanges 898, 573, 417): 511
Emergencies Off Campus: 573-3333
Non-Emergencies 898-7297/7298
Special Services Unit: 898-4481
24-hour line 898-6600
Penn Investigators: 898-4485

Philadelphia Police Department
18th Police District 5510 Pine Street

Emergency Telephone Number: 911
General Business Number: 686-3180

SEPTA Police Department

Emergency Telephone : 580-4131


Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, November 18 1997, Volume 44, No. 13