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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.


Kim Carter, Interim Director of Public Safety