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Winter Break Special Checks of Residences

December 7, 2010, Volume 57, No. 14

Winter Break (Wednesday, December 22, 2010 through Wednesday, January 12, 2011) is approaching quickly. Traditionally, this is a time of lower occupancy and greater opportunity for crime. Therefore, we need to be more safety and security conscious. In order to reduce the opportunity for crime (criminal mischief, burglaries, etc.), the Division of Public Safety is again offering to conduct Special Checks* of Residential Properties during the following time frame: 5 p.m. Wednesday, December, 22, 2010, through 7 a.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

Please notify Public Safety of your departure date no later than Monday, December 20, 2010. Students, faculty and staff who live within the following geographical boundaries—30th to 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue to Market Street—may list their residence with the Penn Police Department for Special Checks during the period in which it will be vacant.

Penn Police and security officers will periodically physically check the exterior of registered properties for signs of criminal activity or security breaches. If any are discovered, the officers will take appropriate action ranging from arresting the perpetrator to conducting an interior check of the property with subsequent notification to the listed occupant.

If you would like to list your residence for Special Checks during Winter Break, complete the application form on the Public Safety website at www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/Forms_specialProperty.asp or pick up an application at the Division of Public Safety Headquarters, 4040 Chestnut Street. You need to return the application prior to vacating the premises.

* Special Checks are an additional service offered to our Penn community, however it is important that you ensure your residence is properly secured in your absence.  

—Division of Public Safety

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