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Public Safety & U — December (Student) | Now

With the winter holiday season approaching, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is here to provide any and all safety alerts to students. Need a police escort on your evening walk home? Want to keep your holiday deliveries safe? They got you. Plus: Meet some of the cool members of Public Safety Operations, and stay up-to-date on DPS community happenings!

Thank you for your feedback!

Last month, Public Safety invited Dragons to participate in a community survey aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of the services we provide. Your responses have been collected and will be reviewed. Thank you for your feedback! It is critical to DPS efforts to improve the efficiency and success of the department.

In addition, both the Drexel University Police Department and the Public Safety Communications Center have received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Thank you to all partners who participated in the review process.

Safety tips and reminders for the month of December

These safety practices, and our shared responsibility to uphold them, are evergreen. Visit the Public Safety website for additional tips on avoiding hazardous conditions and precautions you can take to prevent potential threats on campus. Remember to report any suspicious behavior to Drexel Police by calling 215.895.2222.

Accompany a walk for public safety with students.

Walking escorts on winter nights and beyond

Now that time has “stepped back” and the days are getting shorter, you may need extra protection or help on your walk home from a late night class or work shift. Public Safety is here for you! they present walking escort The Drexel community is available 24/7 within our patrol boundaries from 30th through 36th Streets and Chestnut to Spring Garden Streets. To request a walking facility:

  • Call Public Safety at 215.895.2222;
  • Use of one of the blue light emergency phones and the many buildings located throughout the campus; or
  • Ask any public security officer on patrol or inside a building.

As a result of the partnership with the University City District, escorts are also provided by University City District Ambassadors from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. between 30th and 42nd Streets from Wallace Street to Woodland Avenue and from 42nd to 50th Streets from Market Street to Woodland Street. .

Live or attend class downtown? Walking facilities are currently available 24/7 from the New College Building within a two-block radius by calling 267.359.2380.

You can also set up a timed virtual escort through the Drexel Guardian app.

Do not get involved in theft of packages

It’s fun and convenient to shop online, but when you do, make sure you keep track of your packages regularly, and don’t leave them outside or in public places for long periods. If you know you won’t be about to get a package, you can arrange alternative delivery options or make sure a trusted friend is there to receive the delivery. Detailed tips below:

  • If you are not at home, Is your parcel delivered elsewhere, such as Amazon pick-up/return location, PO Box, FedEx or UPS location. It’s worth hopping there to make sure your parcels are safe.
  • Ask that delivery requires signature. With carriers like FedEx or UPS, you can often set this preference through your customer account, even if the package is already on its way. In other cases, such as the US Postal Services, you will need to arrange for a signature in advance.
  • Subscribe to delivery alerts. All major delivery services provide notification services for package updates. A text message will tell you that your package has arrived.
  • Ask a family member, roommate, or trusted neighbor to redeem your package.

How to trick identity thieves and cybercriminals

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue encourages taking steps to protect their personal information from identity thieves and cybercriminals. These bad actors are constantly working to steal sensitive data that can be used to file fraudulent tax returns and request fraudulent tax refunds. Here are some relevant tips to keep your information and your information only:

  • Use security software for computers and mobile phones – don’t ignore the constant ‘update’ notification!
  • Use strong, unique passwords for all accounts (good: jelly22fi$h; not good: drexel).
  • Use multi-factor authentication whenever possible.
  • Shop only safe websites; Look for “https” in web addresses and the padlock symbol; Avoid shopping on unsecured public Wi-Fi in places like coffee shops, malls, or restaurants.

Left to right: Eric Levitsky, John Shields, and Moy Delici.

Left to right: Eric Levitsky, John Shields, and Moy Delici.

Get to know us: Operations Team

Meet some of the amazing members of the Public Safety Operations team. By now you may have heard of the Drexel Call Center, the DrexelALERT system, the Drexel Guardian app, and other Drexel security mechanisms. The Operations Unit are the people behind these systems, using various technologies and communication styles to connect with and protect the Drexel community.

Eric Levitsky, an operations technician, has been with Drexel since 2011. His role is to service and manage every type of technology used by public safety, including hardware, software, surveillance cameras, fire alarm monitoring, card access, and radio systems. Erik provides 24/7 support for the Drexel Call Center. His favorite part of his job is building and repairing computer software. Fun fact about Eric: He’s a guitarist who produces heavy metal albums in his spare time!

Assistant Director of Security Technology John Shields He started working at Drexel in 2018 and just earned his Master of Science degree from Drexel last August. It develops security plans and oversees all new security technology installations for all Drexel sites, and maintains software and/or hardware for over 1,200 doors, over 200 security panels, 800 video management system cameras, and over 200 campus emergency call boxes! Outside of work, he enjoys snowboarding all over the Northeast, spending time with his wife Dana and Yellow Lab Romeo. “During my time at Drexel, I have had the pleasure of working with the people at Drexel Public Safety who work tirelessly to keep Drexel and surrounding communities safe,” John said. “We focus our efforts on 24/7 safety so that students, faculty, staff, and community members can enjoy all that the Drexel campus has to offer.”

Associate Director of Operations Mo delici He has been at Drexel since 2008. He primarily oversees compliance with the Cleary Act and PA standard crime reporting requirements, crime analysis (reporting and mapping), and the University’s comprehensive notification systems, DrexelALERT and Drexel Guardian. He was born in Italy and enjoys visiting family there. He also loves to cook and try new recipes. Your safety is our first priority. If you haven’t done so yet, please download the DrexelGuardian app today! Mo said. “Keep in touch with Public Safety; One-click assistance. Request a virtual escort or on foot, send crime advice, communicate with public safety via chat, and receive emergency notifications directly from the app. “

Did you know? There are currently 2,947 Drexel Guardian app downloads. That’s only 10 percent of the community. Let’s increase this number together. Simply search for “Rave Guardian” in the Apple App Store for iPhone or Google Play Store for Android devices, then sign up with your Drexel email.

Drexel Public Safety recently attended an event

Drexel Public Safety recently attended a “Taste of the Neighborhood and Welcome to Philly” event. Officers distributed information about the department’s resources as well as the Dragon Responsible Pardon Program (RDAP) while treating community members to some root beer.

community commitments

From now through March, Drexel Police hosts monthly get-togethers, so students, faculty, and professional staff can warm up and say hello.

Stop by the HQ for some cocoa

Come on and say “hello” to the public safety folks over some delicious hot chocolate! From now through March, Drexel Police hosts monthly get-togethers, so students, faculty, and professional staff can warm up and say hello. Stop at the SE corner of 33 and Arch (near the Buckley Field entrance). The upcoming dates for 2022 are: January 12th from 2-3:30pm; February 16 from 2-3:30 p.m.; And March 9 from 5-6:30 pm

Stay prepared with Drexel Public Safety

Get first-hand advice from the experts on how to prepare, not fear, in dangerous or unfamiliar situations. The following interactive “Your Safety Is Our Aim” presentations, which focus on community public safety training in preparedness for conditions, will take place on December 16 at noon and 6 p.m. on Zoom. To sign up for one of these scheduled events, or if you have a community or group that we would like us to offer, or would like to suggest an alternate viewing time, please contact Administrator Tom Cirone at tjc94@drexel.edu or Officer Kim McClay at kam556@drexel.edu.

Drexel Police will be participating in both men's and women's basketball games this season to provide resources, help with registration, and answer any other questions!

Visit us in the Dragon Basketball game

Drexel Police will be participating in selected men’s and women’s basketball games this season, near the student section. Please stop by to say hello. They love meeting you, offering resources, helping you register your property, or answering any other questions!

Important reminders

We are here for you when you need us

Please call 215.895.2222 immediately if you encounter or witness a crime. The call center operates 24/7 to serve you, whether you choose to remain anonymous when submitting a report. It is critical that crimes are reported immediately to Drexel Police so that they can be investigated, and so that public safety can link the victim(s) to the appropriate resources.

See something, say somethingOne of the most important things you can do is add 215.895.2222 (Drexel Public Safety) to your mobile phone contact list. This number will connect you to the Drexel Public Safety Communications Center, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week with trained dispatchers who will answer and send help your way. Please report any suspicious activity or concerns immediately using this number (you can also call 911 during any emergency).

emergency numbers

215.895.2222 or 911

Text phone: 215.571.4141.3

escorts on foot


To learn more about Drexel Public Safety, visit drexel.edu/publicsafety.

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