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Campus Safety Notices

This page reports the daily status of campus public safety advisories.

Public Safety Advisory - Aggravated Assault/Shooting

07/05/2021 12:51PM

Dear Members of the Drexel Community,

Drexel Police are advising the campus community of a report of an aggravated assault by shooting that was reported to have occurred on July 4 at 9:25 p.m., at Drexel Park in the 3100 Block of Powelton Avenue. Police were notified of this incident after being approached by the victim, a Drexel student, who reported that they had been lying in the grass, observing fireworks at Drexel Park, near the intersection of 32nd Street and Pearl Street, when they felt a pain in their arm. The student was transported to the hospital by Drexel Police where it was determined that they had been struck by a stray bullet. The student sustained a minor injury, was treated and released. It is unknown at this time the exact nature of the shooting incident.

The Philadelphia Police Department is continuing to investigate this matter although no arrests have been made. While the investigation is ongoing, there is no evidence that the shooting occurred at Drexel Park.

Drexel Public Safety encourages students, faculty and professional staff to be alert, take precautions, and report crimes and suspicious activities. Your efforts to stay well-informed and take preventive action will help in maintaining the safest possible environment on Drexel’s campuses.

Police are reminding everyone to be aware of their surroundings, to not have cell phones and other valuables visible and to walk with others when possible.

Members of the Drexel community may call Public Safety for a walking escort at 215.895.2822 or use the Drexel Guardian app. Public Safety crime prevention and awareness tips can be found at: https://drexel.edu/publicsafety/crime-reports-prevention/safety-tips/

Any suspicious activity should immediately be reported to Philadelphia Police by calling 911 or Drexel Police by calling 215.895.2222.

Eileen Behr

Vice President

Department of Public Safety


Public Safety Advisory - Timely Warning – Motor Vehicle Thefts

06/15/2021 6:58AM

The Department of Public Safety has seen a continued increase in motor vehicle thefts within and around the University City Campus. These incidents occurred at various times throughout the day and evening and in the area from 33rd to 36th streets. In several incidents, the vehicles were left unoccupied and running with keys inside.

Since the last advisory issued on January 21, 2021, police received reports of additional vehicle thefts reported on the following dates and locations:

-Jan 22: 34th and Spring Garden streets; 3500 block of Hamilton Street
-Jan 25: 3200 block of Spring Garden Street
-Feb 5: Unit block of S 36th Street
-Mar 10: 3500 block of Market Street
-Apr 4: 33rd and Race streets
-Apr 22: 3300 block of Market Street
-Apr 25: 35th and Spring Garden streets
-May 11: 3500 block of Powelton Avenue; 36th and Baring streets
-May 17: 3400 block of Lancaster Avenue
-May 29: 3500 block of Lancaster Avenue
-Jun 5: 3600 block of Spring Garden Street
-Jun 10: 300 block of N 31st Street

Drexel Police are working with other law enforcement agencies to identify and arrest the perpetrators of these crimes. Any suspicious activity should immediately be reported to Philadelphia Police by calling 911 or Drexel Police by calling 215.895.2222.

Drexel Public Safety encourages students, faculty and professional staff to be alert, take precautions, and report crimes and suspicious activities. Your efforts to stay well-informed and take preventive action will help in maintaining the safest possible environment on Drexel’s campuses.

Remember to lock your vehicles, remove your keys from the vehicle, and never leave your car running, even if you are just going into a store for a quick errand. Park in well-lit areas and do not leave any items, including small change, in view inside of your vehicle. Remove any electronic equipment mounting devices and power cords, which may alert potential thieves that the vehicle is equipped additional devices. Even if your devices are out of view and secured, a thief will often break into a vehicle to look for the equipment.

What To Do If Your Car Is Stolen
If your car is stolen, contact the police immediately. You will need to provide the following information to the police:
  --The year, make, model and color of the car
  --License plate number
  --Vehicle Identification Number (also called the “VIN”)

Police are reminding everyone to be aware of their surroundings, to not have cell phones and other valuables visible, and to walk with others when possible.

Members of the Drexel community may call Public Safety for a walking escort at 215.895.2822 or use the Drexel Guardian app. Public Safety crime prevention and awareness tips can be found at: drexel.edu/publicsafety/crime-reports-prevention/safety-tips/.

Eileen Behr
Vice President
Department of Public Safety