Safety After Dark

As Daylight Saving Time Comes to an End,
Some Tricks for Traveling More Safely

Yes, it is that time again: the clock went back one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, October 27. Everybody lost an hour of daylight at the end of the day, just when most of us are homeward boundand the criminal gained an hour of prime-time darkness in which to work. From the Penn Police's Victim Support and Special Services unit, here are some tips for everyone who uses public transportation.

Public Transportation Safety Tips

Emergency Phones at Subway Stops

During Peak Hours: Watch Out for Pickpockets

Here are eight things pickpockets don't want you to know.

  1. Never display money in a crowd. (Think this through before you leave the safety of your office, so you aren't fumbling in public with your purse or wallet.)

  2. Never wear necklaces, chains or other jewelry in plain view.

  3. Handbag: Carry tightly under your arm with the clasp toward your body. Never let it dangle by the handle. Keep it with you at all times and always keep it closed. Never place it on a seat beside you.

  4. Wallet: Carry in an inside coat pocket or side trouser pocket.

  5. Immediately check your wallet or purse when you are jostled in a crowd. (And then be doubly watchful, because the jostling may have been a ploy to get you to reveal where you carry your money.)

  6. If your pocket is picked, call out immediately to let the operator and your fellow passengers know there is a pickpocket on the vehicle.

  7. Beware of loud arguments and commotions aboard vehicles or on station platforms. Many times these incidents are staged to distract your attention while your pocket is picked.

  8. If you suspect pickpockets at work on a particular transit route or subway station, call SEPTA Police Hotline, 580-4131. It's answered 24 hours a day. You do not have to give your name. Trained personnel will take your information and see to it that something gets done. Also, notify Penn Police at 511 or Victim Support at 898-4481.

Traveling During Non-Peak Times

For additional safety tips contact Victim Support at 898-4481/6600, 3927 Walnut Street.The unit is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and its 898-6600 line is a 24-hour one.

For emergencies contact the University of Pennsylvania Police Department by using the Blue Light Phones or call 511 on campus, or call 573-3333 for off-campus.

To contact the Philadelphia Police Department call 911.

Halloween Safety, Too

This is also a good weekend to pass along to your children and the neighbors' some Halloween Safety Tips:


Volume 43 Number 10
October 29, 1996

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