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DPS Needs the Cooperation of all Penn faculty, staff, and students to make Operation Theft Awareness a continued success!
April 27, 2010, Volume 56, No. 31

An analysis of March 2010 crime totals shows that thefts attributed to unattended or improperly secured items continue to be the leading cause of reported thefts in and around campus—an astounding 72% of all non-retail thefts in March were the result of unattended laptops and bags; unlocked office, resident, and classroom doors; and items left in plain view within vehicles.

We urge all members of the Penn community to be part of the solution by being more cognizant of properly securing their personal and University-owned property.

Please follow these simple safety tips to prevent the opportunity for theft to occur in campus buildings:

• Safeguard classroom property by keeping classroom doors locked when classes are not in session.

• Protect your personal identity, computer files, and academic research by keeping your laptop and wallet with you at all times.

• Safeguard your desktop computer and other items by always locking your office door, even when you only plan to be away from your desk for a few minutes.

• Keep your wallet and other personal belongings, such as iPods, securely locked in a desk door if you have a cubicle or share a workspace.

• Do not hang your purse, pocketbook or bag on the back of your chair in public places.

Report Suspicious Activity: Don’t be afraid to call the Penn Police to report suspicious activity by dialing (215) 573-3333 or 511 from any campus phone.

Please report any suspicious activity observed inside a building, store, or restaurant by calling 511 from any on-campus phone or (215) 573-3333 from an off-campus or cell phone.

—Division of Public Safety

Almanac - April 27, 2010, Volume 56, No. 31