the holiday season approaches, crimes against people and property
traditionally increase across the country. Unfortunately, Penn is
no exception. Reports of pick pocketing and thefts from autos and
buildings have risen over the past week in the Penn Police patrol
area. In order to make your holiday joyous and safe, the University
of Pennsylvania Police Department offers the following suggestions
on how not to become a statistic:
personal items such as wallets, handbags etc. in a locked and
electronic items such as laptops, Palm Pilots, etc. should never
be left unattended.
leaving your office, even for a short period, secure your valuables
and lock your office.
suspicious behavior to University Police by dialing 511, giving
a description and last known location where you observed this
this time of the year thieves usually walk parking garages etc.
looking for vehicles that have items such as gifts, computers, and
other valuables that are visible. Stow all items in the trunk of
your vehicle where they are not visible.
a minimal amount of credit cards and avoid carrying large sums
ATM machines that are in well-lit and safe environments. Places
such as WAWA usually are safe, well lit and there is no service
charge. During this time of the year pickpockets will loiter
around ATM's in the mall looking for people making large cash
withdrawals. Don't count your money at the ATM machine
you stop for a bite to eat be especially aware of your wallet
or handbag. Don't leave handbags or shopping bags behind you.
Place them in front of you where you can see them.
aware of your surrounding. Call Penn Police (215-573-3333
or 511) if you observe any suspicious behavior.
pass this message along to all of your colleagues. This safety message
was also sent to University Building Administrators. Thank you for
being our partners in safety. We hope your holidays are joyful and
President for Public Safety
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 15, December 11, 2001
December 11, 2001
Volume 48 Number 15