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Holiday Safety Tips

As the holiday season approaches, crimes against people and property traditionally increase across the country. Unfortunately, Penn is no exception. Reports of pick pocketing and thefts from autos and buildings have risen over the past week in the Penn Police patrol area. In order to make your holiday joyous and safe, the University of Pennsylvania Police Department offers the following suggestions on how not to become a statistic:

Workplace Safety

  • Keep personal items such as wallets, handbags etc. in a locked and secure area.
  • Small electronic items such as laptops, Palm Pilots, etc. should never be left unattended.
  • When leaving your office, even for a short period, secure your valuables and lock your office.
  • Report suspicious behavior to University Police by dialing 511, giving a description and last known location where you observed this person/s.

Vehicle Safety

  • Never leave items in your vehicle that are visible to the public:

During this time of the year thieves usually walk parking garages etc. looking for vehicles that have items such as gifts, computers, and other valuables that are visible. Stow all items in the trunk of your vehicle where they are not visible.

  • Park your vehicle in a well lit area and be cognizant of your surroundings. If you see something suspicious don't get out of vehicle. Park at another location and call the police with your observations.

Shopping Safety

  • Carry a minimal amount of credit cards and avoid carrying large sums of cash.
  • Use ATM machines that are in well-lit and safe environments. Places such as WAWA usually are safe, well lit and there is no service charge. During this time of the year pickpockets will loiter around ATM's in the mall looking for people making large cash withdrawals. Don't count your money at the ATM machine
  • If you stop for a bite to eat be especially aware of your wallet or handbag. Don't leave handbags or shopping bags behind you. Place them in front of you where you can see them.
  • Be aware of your surrounding. Call Penn Police (215-573-3333 or 511) if you observe any suspicious behavior.

Please pass this message along to all of your colleagues. This safety message was also sent to University Building Administrators. Thank you for being our partners in safety. We hope your holidays are joyful and safe.

--Maureen S. Rush,Vice President for Public Safety


Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 15, December 11, 2001


December 11, 2001
Volume 48 Number 15

More SAS endowed chairs: Dr. Randall Wright, is appointed to the Ronald Lauder Endowed Term Chair, and Dr. Richard Schultz is the Patricia Williams Term Chair.

Provost Robert Barchi and Executive Vice President John Fry will be part of an Open Form for the University's Strategic Plan on January 15.

Dr. Helen O. Dickens, a pioneer in women's health has died at the age of 92.
UPHS Bond rate has been revised to stable by Moody's Investors Service
Ben Financials begins its countdown to launching of new services on January 2.

Women of Color Scholars Awards applications are due on January 21

Penn Press has a collection of books just right for the holiday gift giving season. If you prefer there are Gifts of Involvement or ideas in the neighborhood from the Holiday Shopping Guide.
During the holidays, there are simple Safety Tips to keep in mind while you work and shop.
As always volunteer opportunities abound available throughout the community.
Researchers receive $1.26 million to study microfluidic systems; Penn has received $2.84 million to improve reliability of computers; the Center on Adult Literacy has received $2.4 million for technology; are part of Research Roundup in this issue.