Thanksgiving Break Safety and Security: Special Checks
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Thanksgiving Break 1999 (5 p.m. 11/24/99 through 8 a.m. 11/29/99) is
approaching quickly. Traditionally, this is a time of lower occupancy and
greater opportunity for crime. Therefore, we need to be more safety and
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 during the following time frame:
5 p.m. Wednesday, November 24 to 7 a.m. Monday, November 29.
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 Thanksgiving
Break 1999, please pick up an application at the Penn Police Headquarters,
4040 Chestnut Street. You need to complete and return the application prior
to vacating the premise. 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.
Wishing you delicious food and quiet moments with family and friends,
--Patricia Brennan, Division of Public Safety
Safety and Security Tips for Thanksgiving Break 1999
If you are Leaving Penn for Thanksgiving Break:
- Register your residence with Public Safety for Special Checks during
- Secure or remove all valuables (i.e., jewelry, computers, stereos,
- All valuables should already be engraved with your Social Security
or other identifying number. Engravers are available at the Detective
Unit, 4040 Chestnut Street, (215)898-4481. (Refundable deposit of $10 required).
- 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 your name.
- 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 Thanksgiving Break:
- Use one of the interior automated teller machines (ATMs). (Contact
the Detective Unit, (215) 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
- 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
- Use the "buddy" system or the Penn Transit System when traveling
at night. From non-University exchanges, dial (215) 898-RIDE (7433) for
the vehicular escort service or (215) 898-WALK (9255) for the walking escort
service between the hours of 6 p.m. and 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 as possible.
- 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.
--Division of Public Safety
Know your Emergency Numbers:
Division of Public Safety
Penn Police Department
4040 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia Police Department
18th Police District
5510 Pine Street
SEPTA Police Department
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Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 13, November 23/30, 1999
PAGE | CONTENTS
State of the University, Part One (Rodin) | TALK
ABOUT TEACHING ARCHIVE | BETWEEN
ISSUES | DECEMBER at PENN