Crime Alert: A Door-to-Door Extortionist
Sunday, November 22, the following incident happened at a fraternity
Someone came to the door pretending to sell food/beverages. He reportedly
named a brother in the house, and was let in and told to wait for that brother.
The brother who was named had no idea who the man was, so he and several
other brothers asked the man to leave. At that point, the man said that
he had a 9mm gun and that he could shoot them and no one would be the wiser.
He also stated he was going to "remember their faces and they'd better
watch out when they walk home." He agreed to leave if the brothers
gave him $20--which they did. The man left.
Below are some safety reminders if you are in a classroom, office, residence,
fraternity or sorority.
- If someone you don't know asks for permission to enter your residence,
do not permit entry until identification is made by another member of the
- Entry doors should have peepholes that should be used before permitting
entry to anyone.
- All entrances to your home should be well-lit. If you live in an apartment
building, make sure all halls are properly illuminated; if they are not,
notify the landlord.
- Never prop doors open, especially fire doors, even for a short period
- Keep doors locked, even if you are away for only a few minutes. An
unlocked door at night or during the day permits easy entry to someone
who can harm or steal from you. Remember, most losses occur during the
- Report to University Police anyone who behaves suspiciously. Remember
his/her appearance and relay it to the dispatcher.
- Develop a building patrol or watch program.
- If you are going to be away from your residence for an extended period
of time during semester breaks, register your residence with Public Safety
(for how-to, see Almanac
- Report suspicious sounds, activities, automobiles, or behavior that
you see. Use these important phone numbers for this or for any fire, police
or medical emergencies:
| To Call Penn Public Safety from Campus Phones
| To Call Penn Public Safety from Off Campus Phones
| To Call Philadelphia Police Emergency
With best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season,
--Susan Hawkins, Director of Special Services, Public
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 14, December 8, 1998
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