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Thanksgiving Events
November 14, 2006, Volume 53, No. 12

Thanksgiving Break Safety and Security: Special Checks
Safety and Security Tips for Thanksgiving Break 2006

Thanksgiving Food Drive: Now Through November 20

You too can make a contribution to help out during the Thanksgiving holidays. Please join the Annual Penn Volunteers In Public Service Food Drive. Your canned foods and dry goods donations will be donated to area shelters and community service agencies to help families during the Thanksgiving season. (See the list of drop off locations.)

G.P.S.P.’s Thanksgiving Dinner

Come out to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with your neighbors. Turkey, stuffing, and other signature Thanksgiving dishes will be provided. Each plate will be $2. The dinner will be held on Sunday, November 19, 5-7 p.m. in Michael Murray Lounge (formerly the Red Room) in Sansom Place East, ground floor. E-mail ourplace@pobox.upenn.edu

International House Potluck

Experience this American tradition together with friends, as you share your favorite native food with I-House residents on Sunday, November 19, 1 p.m. Members eat for free if they bring a dish, otherwise $5. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 15: (215) 895-6533.

Thanksgiving Floral Design Class

Morris Arboretum is offering a seasonal design class, Floral Turkey Thanksgiving Centerpiece. Designed with a wonderful assortment of fresh and dried flowers, your finished arrangement is sure to be the hit of the Thanksgiving table. Sunday, November 19, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $42, $38/members. To register, or for more information, call (215) 247-5777 ext. 156.

PennFit Events

PennFit is a healthy lifestyle program open free to the entire University community—faculty, staff, and students. Two sessions are being offered in relation to the holiday: December 5, Keeping Off the Winter Pounds (Part 1); noon-1 p.m. and December 7, Keeping Off the Winter Pounds (Part II); noon-1 p.m. Events take place at Pottruck Center. Register at www.upenn.edu/recreation/programs/pennfit.htm.

Library Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving hours for the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library will be as follows:

Wednesday, November 22: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, November 23: Closed
Friday, November 24: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, November 25: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, November 26: 10 a.m.-midnight.

For hours of the many departmental and other campus libraries see http://events.library.upenn.edu/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi.

Recognized Holiday

Thanksgiving is a recognized holiday, observed by Penn on Thursday and Friday, November 23-24.

Safety and Security Tips

Tips for whether you are either ‘Leaving Penn’ or ‘Remaining at Penn’ during the Thanksgiving Break are available below.

Thanksgiving Break Safety and Security: Special Checks

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Thanksgiving Break 2006 (5 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2006, through 7 p.m. Sunday, November 26, 2006) 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 (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 22 to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 26.

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, 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.publicsafety.upenn.edu and go to “Online Forms” 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 2006

If you are Leaving Penn for Thanksgiving Break:

Register your residence with Public Safety for Special Checks during the Break.

Secure or remove all valuables (i.e., jewelry, computers, stereos, televisions, etc.).

All valuables should already be engraved with your Personal ID. Engravers are available at the Detective Unit, 4040 Chestnut Street, (215) 898-4485.

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). You can find a list of indoor machines on www.publicsafety.upenn.edu.

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 (215) 898-RIDE (7433) for the vehicular escort service or (215) 898-WALK (9255) for the walking escort service between the hours of 8 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

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