Gun control working in Philadelphia
Looks like Philly is a darn good place to start a career as a criminal. It's safe enough now that even your middle school kids can steal enough for the whole family's crack habit. Good job Mr. Mayor!
Penn Warns Of Teen Groups Harassing, Robbing Students, Staff
WCAU-TV 3:16 p.m. EDT July 16, 2007
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department issued a warning about an increase in groups of juveniles walking through the University City area harassing, assaulting or robbing residents as well as students and staff. There have been six incidents since July 3 in the Penn patrol zone, involving the juveniles, who police said have been reported to be mostly boys ranging in age from 9 to 13.
The incidents have occurred from 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the following locations: 33rd and Chestnut streets; the 3700 block of Locust Walk; and the 4000 and 4200 blocks of Locust Street. One similar incident was also reported in the vicinity of Drexel University, at 35th and Spring Garden streets.
Penn officials told NBC 10 that they believe different teens, not one roving group, have been involved with the incidents. At least two boys were arrested in connection with the incident on the 4200 block of Locust Street, university police reported.
Students and staff were being asked to report any suspicious activity or information regarding the incidents to the university police department by calling 511 from a campus phone, 215-573-3333 from off-campus or cell phones, or by picking up any blue light emergency phone.
When traveling in areas outside the Penn patrol zone, calls should be made to 911, university police advised. They, in conjunction with Philadelphia police, Penn Security Officers and University City District Safety Ambassadors have increased patrols in University City.
University police said both covert and overt police patrols are being used, including virtual video patrols in targeted areas.
Additional safety and security services offered by Penn's Division of Public Safety, the Division of Business Services and the University City District, include:
• Walking Escorts: 215-898-WALK (9255) -- Walking Escort boundaries extend from 30th Street - 50th Street, Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue
• Penn Transit: 215-898-RIDE (7433) -- 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.: *On-call for emergencies, 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.; boundaries are 50th Street to 20th Street and Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue -- http://www.penn.edu/transportation/
• UPPD Detective Unit: 215-898-4485/87517
• For safety presentations, contact the Office of the Vice President, at 215-898-7515