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DPS Needs the Cooperation of all Penn faculty, staff, and students to make Operation Theft Awareness a Success! 
March 18, 2008, Volume 54, No. 25


An analysis of February crime totals shows that thefts attributed to unattended or improperly secured items continue to be the leading cause of reported thefts in and around campus —an astounding 65% of all non-retail thefts in February were the result of unattended laptops, unlocked office, residence, and classroom doors, and items left in plain view within vehicles.

There were 38 reported thefts from buildings in February 2008, compared to 13 in February 2007. This is a 192% increase! We urge all members of the Penn community to be part of the solution by being more cognizant of properly securing their personal and University-owned property.

Did you know that the faculty and staff reported more thefts in January and February than any other population on campus? Please follow these simple safety tips to prevent the opportunity for theft to occur in campus buildings:

• Safeguard classroom projectors by keeping classroom doors locked when classes are not in session.

• Protect your personal identity, computer files, and academic research by keeping your laptop and wallet with you at all times.

• Safeguard your desktop computer and other items by always locking your office door, even when you only plan to be away from your desk for a few minutes.

• Keep your wallet and other personal belongings, such as iPods, securely locked in a desk drawer if you have a cubicle or share a workspace.

• Please report any suspicious activity observed inside a building, store, or restaurant by calling 511 from any on-campus phone or (215) 573-3333 from an off-campus or cell phone.

—Division of Public Safety



Almanac - March 18, 2008, Volume 54, No. 25