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Operation Theft Awareness
February 5, 2008, Volume 54, No. 20


The Division of Public Safety, in collaboration with the UA, GAPSA, MERT, and UMC, announced the launch of Operation Theft Awareness, a new safety education initiative in effect now through April 30, 2008. DPS launched Operation Theft Awareness after analyzing its 2007 fall crime rates (8-1-07 through 12-31-07). During this time period, theft constituted approximately 80% of the total crimes reported within the Penn patrol zone. Further analysis showed that approximately 70% of all non-retail thefts reported during this period were attributed to unattended or improperly secured items, such as bikes secured with cable locks, laptops left unattended in buildings and unlocked offices, and GPS system parts left in plain view in vehicles.

Operation Theft Awareness promotes the idea that ‘Safety & Security is a Shared Responsibility’ by reminding all members of the Penn community to be vigilant and proactive about reducing the opportunity for theft to occur in our community. Over the course of the next few weeks, posters and tent cards will be displayed in buildings and establishments around campus reminding everyone to always properly attend to and secure their items.

For additional information about Operation Theft Awareness and updates throughout the semester, please visit the Division of Public Safety’s website:  www.publicsafety.upenn.edu.

Almanac - February 5, 2008, Volume 54, No. 20