20 posts categorized "Criminal Incidents"

01/17/2017

TIMELY WARNING FROM USCIENCES DEPT. PUBLIC SAFETY - RE: ROBBERIES

Dear USciences Community,

Please see below for information regarding a series of robberies that have occurred within close proximity to our campus. The information below has been provided by UPenn Public Safety.

Please be reminded that for ALL emergencies Dial 911 first.

Be prepared to give your name, location, and nature of your emergency.

Please REMEMBER TO KEEP THE LINE OPEN. Do NOT hang up.

Also, please be reminded that the emergency number for USciences Public Safety Dispatch is 215-596-7000.

You are encouraged to request safe transit and walking escorts provided by the following:

USciences Public Safety Walking Escorts: 215-895-1117

Penn Transit Shuttles: 215-898-7433

UCD Walking Escorts: 215-387-3942

If you have not already done so, please sign up for our emergency text messaging system, e2Campus by clicking on the following link: http://alert.usciences.edu

Please also take the time to visit our Public Safety Blog regularly for helpful hints, safety bulletins, campus security tips, and general announcements from the USciences Dept. of Public Safety.

The following link will redirect you to our USciences Dept. of Public Safety Blog: http://emergency.usciences.edu 

 

  

Dear Members of the Penn Community:

Philadelphia Police are currently investigating a series of four robberies at point of gun that took place between 8:29 pm last night and 7:05 am this morning, between 43rd & 47th Streets and Spruce & Cedar Streets, just west of our campus and Patrol Zone. The suspect in all four robberies was described as a black male with a thin build and a beard, wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt, shorts, and spandex tights.

Penn Police are working with Philadelphia Police, the University City District and Allied Universal to increase patrols on our western border.

Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community

Please take a moment to sign up for the new Penn Guardian App which can provide emergency personnel with helpful information and your location in an emergency.

For information on Penn Guardian and a link to the app go to:
https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian/

06/14/2016

Automobile Thefts

Dear Campus Community,

The Philadelphia Police have notified the Department of Public Safety about a number of automobile thefts in the University City area recently. The Philadelphia Police and USciences urges you to make sure that your vehicle is locked when parked and never leave valuable items in your vehicle.

Report any suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety at 215-895-1117 or the Philadelphia Police at 911.

Kim Carter

Interim Director of Public Safety

 

03/21/2016

Robbery Reported - 3/21/16 - 4100 Chester Lot

Dear Campus Community,

The Department of Public Safety has been advised of a knifepoint robbery that took place at 10am this today in the parking lot of 4100 Chester Avenue.  Philadelphia Police responded and are investigating.  The individual approached a female and displayed a knife stating that he would not hurt her or take her money if she bought him food, which she did.  The individual then fled with the food and the female was unharmed. 

Please be cautious as you travel in that area, use the walking escort service and utilize the following safety tips.

Safety Tips

·         Be alert and aware.  Pay full attention to who is around you when you are in public. Avoid text messaging and talking on the phone.

·         Trust your instincts.  Report any and all suspicious activity to USciences Public Safety (215-596-7000) or Philadelphia Police (911).  Even if the person does not approach you, if you believe they are suspicious, report it to the police. You may prevent someone else from being robbed.

·         Travel well-lighted, busy routes.

·         Travel in Groups  There’s safety in numbers. If you must be out at night, arrange to go to class, do errands or go shopping in groups of two or more. If you are alone in the USciences area you can call for a walking escort at 215-895-1117. 

Walking Escort Service

University of the Sciences Department of Public Safety is available to provide walking escorts to all University students, faculty, and staff, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, upon request.

Walking escorts are provided for the purpose of safety and security to all locations within the Department of Public Safety patrol area (41st to 46th Streets, Baltimore to Woodland Avenues (including 4619 Chester). The primary goal of the walking escort service is to allow safe travel from one location to another with a greater sense of security.

Call 215.895.1117 to arrange for a Walking Escort or request additional information. In the event of an emergency, call 215.596.7000.

Bus and Shuttle Services

University of the Science has contracted with University of Pennsylvania to provide bus and shuttle services to and from various locations on and off campus.

Penn Shuttles provide door-to-door service, while the Penn Bus will pick you up at any stop sign or traffic signal along its route.

If you'd like to take Penn Shuttle, call 215-898-RIDE.

Best,

Kim Carter, Interim Director of Public Safety

04/18/2013

Robbery -Strong Arm Update 4/18/13

At approximately 11:20am, the Department of Public Safety received a report via PENCOM of a robbery involving a USciences student on the corner of 43rd & Pine Street.  The USciences student stated he was approached by two African American males, pushed to the ground and his cell phone taken by one of the suspects.  The student was not injured.   The suspects were 15 and 18 years of age and both individuals have been arrested.  The student cell phone was recovered and returned to him.

04/16/2013

04/16/13 - Robbery/Strong Arm

A female Usciences student reported that she had her cell phone taken (no weapon shown) at approximately 8:48am. She reported that while walking west on Baltimore Avenue towards 43rd Street, she was approached by an African- American male who snatched her phone as she attempted to secure it. She stated that there were two suspects and one suspect was arrested.

The victim described the 2nd suspect as follows:

Suspect #2 - African -American male, 5"9" - 5"10", 160lbs, medium dark skinned, with a long head and ears.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact Detective King at Southwest Detective (215-686-3184).

03/20/2013

03/20/13 - Home Invasion Update

As an update to the home invasion last night (March 19), it was determined after further investigation that three USciences students were victimized during the incident. As previously reported, the victims were robbed of cash and cell phones. 

USciences’ Student Affairs and Public Safety Departments are in the process of reaching out to each of the students involved and are offering support services and counseling. Other students who feel the need to seek counseling as a result of this incident, should not hesitate to contact counseling services at 215-596-8536. Students may also speak to one of the deans at Student Affairs by calling 215-596-8950. As a result of the incident, Public Safety will increase patrols in the area. 

If anyone has any information about this crime, please call Detective Mary Kuchinsky at 215-686-3184, the Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3184, or the Department of Public Safety at 215-895-1117. Please remember to report all crimes and any suspicious activity immediately to Police or Public Safety. As always, should you have any questions or concerns regarding your personal safety, please contact the Department of Public Safety.

03/19/2013

03/19/13 - Home Invasion - 1200 Block of Markoe Street

On Tuesday 03/19/13, at approximately 10:20pm the Department of Public Safety received a report of a home invasion at 1222 Markoe Street. The police reported that three victims were robbed at gunpoint and one of the victims was struck with a firearm. The victims were robbed of $800.00 and two Iphones.
The suspects were described as two African-American males, wearing all dark clothing and ski masks. No further descriptions provided.
At this time it appears that the victims were unaffiliated with USciences.
If anyone has any information about this crime, please call the Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3181 or the Department of Public Safety at 215-895-1117. Please remember to report all crimes and any suspicious activity immediately to Police or Public Safety. As always, should you have any questions or concerns regarding your personal safety, please contact the Department of Public Safety.

These campus alerts are in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and are intended to solicit any information that may be helpful in the investigation.

11/16/2012

101/16/12 - Robbery - No Weapon

 
On Friday 11/16/12, at approximately 4:00am the Department of Public Safety received a report of a robbery in the 400 block of South 42nd street. The victim, a USciences student reported that she was at the southwest corner of 42nd & Baltimore Avenue when she was approached by the perpetrator, who then chased her south on 42nd Street, grabbed her from behind and wrestled her to the ground. The student reported that she was not injured.

She reported that he took her purse and cell phone from her, then fled north on 42nd street towards Baltimore Avenue where he entered a vehicle (no description) and fled west. She described the perpetrator as: African-American male, approximately 5ft-6inches tall, stocky build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

If anyone has any information about this robbery, please call the Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3181 or the Department of Public Safety at 215-895-1117. Please remember to report all crimes and any suspicious activity immediately to Police or Public Safety. As always, should you have any questions or concerns regarding your personal safety, please contact the Department of Public Safety.

These campus alerts are in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and are intended to solicit any information that may be helpful in the investigation.

09/21/2012

09/21/12 Robbery

On Friday 9/21/12, at approximately 3:15pm, the Department of Public Safety received a report of a robbery at 41st and Woodland Avenue. The victim, a USciences student reported that the below suspects, approached her from behind as she crossed the intersection of 41st and Woodland Avenue. One of the males reached into her backpack and took her cell phone. The victim reported that she chased after the one individual, but was unable to retrieve her phone. The victim reported that she was not injured.

The victim described the suspects as: three African-American males between the ages of 14-16 years old. Suspect #1 (took the phone), wore a black shirt and blue jeans. Suspect #2 wore a red tee-shirt and black jeans. There was no description given on suspect #3. Suspects fled north on 41st street.

If anyone has any information about this robbery, please call the Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3181 or the Department of Public Safety at 215-895-1117. Please remember to report all crimes and any suspicious activity immediately to Police or Public Safety. As always, should you have any questions or concerns regarding your personal safety, please contact the Department of Public Safety.

These campus alerts are in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and are intended to solicit any information that may be helpful in the investigation.

Sincerely,

Michael Rossano

Executive Director of Public Safety

02/15/2012

02/15/12 Armed Robbery

The Department of Public Safety received a report of an armed robbery at 45th and Baltimore Avenue. The suspects were described as: Two African American males, both approximately 6'2, both wearing knit caps and dark colored coats. Suspects were last seen traveling southbound on 45th Street.

On 02/15/12, at approximately 10:20pm, the victim (a USciences employee) of the armed robbery reported to the Department of Public Safety that the robbery had actually taken place in the 1000 Block of South 46th Street and not 45th & Baltimore as originally reported.

He reported that two assailants approached him from behind, pointed a silver handgun at him and demanded his money. He reported after they took his wallet and other valuables, the assailants then fled southbound on 46th Street.

The Philadelphia police are investigating the incident.