Fall Break Safety Checks: Now with On-line Registration
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Fall Break 1998 (October 17 through 19) is approaching quickly. Traditionally,
this is a time of lower occupancy and greater opportunity for crime. Therefore,
we need to be more safety and security conscious.
In order to reduce the opportunity for crime (i.e., criminal mischief,
burglaries, etc.), the Division of Public Safety is again offering to conduct
Special Checks of Residential Properties between 5 p.m. Friday, October
16 and 7 a.m. Tuesday, October 20.
Students, faculty and staff who live within the following geographical
boundaries--Schuylkill River to 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue to Market
Street--may 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 are discovered,
the officers will take appropriate action ranging from arresting the perpetrator
to conducting an interior check of the property with subsequent notification
to the listed occupant.
If you would like to list your residence for Special Checks during Fall
Break 1998, please pick up an application at the Penn Police Headquarters,
4040 Chestnut Street or the Special Services Department, 4026 Chestnut Street.
You need to complete and return the application to either location prior
to vacating the premises. Or, you may request "Special Checks"
via the web. Complete the application form on the Public Safety website
at www.upenn.edu/police and follow
the instructions to submit. Below, you will find Safety and Security Tips
to help keep your time away from Penn a safe and happy one.
Wishing you colorful foliage and cool, crisp autumn nights.
-- Susan A. Hawkins, Director, Special Services/Division
of Public Safety
If you are leaving Penn for Fall Break,
- Register your residence with Public Safety for Special Checks
during the Break.
- Secure or remove all valuables (jewelry, computer, stereo, television,
etc.).All valuables should already be engraved with your Social Security
or other identifying number. Engravers are available at the Special Services
Department, 4026 Chestnut 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.
- 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
- 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 regarding these security devices before you
leave for Break!
If you are remaining at Penn during Fall Break,
- Use one of the interior automated teller machines (ATMs). Contact
Special Services, 898-4481, for locations of interior ATMs.
- Avoid withdrawing money at night. Check the amount withdrawn
only after you are safely inside your residence or office. 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-traveled 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 traveling 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. to 3 a.m., daily.
- 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
visitors you don't know.
- If accosted, don't resist! Don't panic! Get a good description
(direction traveled, etc.) and report the incident to the police as soon
- Know the locations of Penn's blue-light emergency telephones.
Open the box, lift the receiver or push the button to talk.
- Report any suspicious activities to the police as soon as you
can: Where, What, Who, When and How.
- Know your emergency numbers:
| Penn Police, On Campus:
| Penn Police, Off Campus:
| Philadelphia Police:
| SEPTA Police:
| Penn Public Safety:
| Penn Special Services:
| Penn Detectives:
| Phila.18th Police District:
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 6, October 6, 1998
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ISSUES | OCTOBER