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Campus and Community Safety

The Division of Public Safety (DPS) continues to provide comprehensive safety and security services on a 24x7 basis for all areas comprising the Penn Patrol Zone, which includes 30th Street to 43rd Street on the east-west border and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue on the north-south border. You may reach DPS at any time by calling the PennComm emergency communications center at 215-573-3333. Penn Police and Allied Universal security officer staffing levels will remain consistent throughout the holiday break.

Walking Escorts: The Walking Escort Services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in the following boundaries: between 30th Street to 43rd Streets and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue. Escorts are also available from 10:00 AM until 3:00 AM between 30th to 50th Streets and Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue via the University’s partnership with the University District Ambassador Program. Walking Escort Services are available free of charge to anyone in this area. The service is available to all visitors and members of the community.

How to Request a Walking Escort:  Ask any Public Safety Officer on patrol or inside a building; call 215-898-WALK (9255) (or 511 from a campus phone); or use the blue-light phones located on and off Penn's campus.

Special Property Checks:

Under the special checks program, DPS officers check the exterior of registered properties for signs of criminal activity or security breaches at peak travel times during Thanksgiving, Spring and Winter Breaks.

WINTER BREAK: Special Checks will begin on Friday, December 21st at 5pm through Tuesday, January 15th, 2019, at 3pm.

(Deadline for Winter Break registration is Thursday, 12/20/18 @5pm)

Register for a special check:

The program is available at no extra charge to residents in the Penn patrol zone, bounded by 30thStreet west to 43rd Street and from Baltimore Avenue north to Market Street.

Students, faculty and staff who live in the patrol zone are encouraged to register their residence below.  Be sure to list your contact information, other occupants, landlord if applicable, vacancy dates, scheduled repairs, and someone other than a landlord with access or a key to the property.

Penn Police will periodically check the exterior of registered properties, for signs of criminal activity or security breaches during the break. Special checks cannot be provided for interior areas of apartment complexes.

Remember to close and lock all doors and windows before you leave, and, arrange for packages to be delivered to a secure location while you are away.



The Division of Public Safety advises that you arrange to be home for delivery or have your packages delivered to a secure location.

There are several options for safe package delivery:

  *   There is an Amazon@Penn delivery location on campus at 1920 Commons (, visit to learn more.

  *   Penn affiliates can also have their packages delivered to certain college houses for a nominal fee. For more information go to:

  *   Utilize other delivery locations such as a FedEx Store or UPS Store.

Additional secure delivery locations in University City, provided by many of the area’s housing providers, are listed on our website:
Winter Break Operations and Services

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