Crime Bulletins & Safety Tips

Update: Campus Pedestrian Safety Advisory

* Update 3/23/17: The crosswalk at City Avenue and Lapsley lane has re-opened and can now be used by pedestrians. Work continues at 54th and City.

The University has been advised by contractors that work at campus intersections, associated with establishing curb cuts and repairing damaged concrete, will commence as described below:

54th Street and City Avenue

Work will begin on Thursday, March, 9th at 9 a.m., restricting walking corridors all corners of the 54th Street and City Avenue intersection. However, a crosswalk at each intersection will be maintained.

We will provide updates to these schedules as needed.

Prank and Obscene Phone Calls

Each year many of our students receive prank or obscene phone calls. We work closely with the Philadelphia and Lower Merion Police Departments but we have found that if the caller “blocks” their number, the police can not identify them. Over the summer, our phone system received major upgrades from both Verizon and NEC. One of the new features is that we now have the capability to “block” those “blocked” calls. If you choose to block these calls, it will also block the “not listed” and “unavailable” calls. Any student who wishes to prevent these blocked calls from getting through to their extension can do so by contacting Regina Reyes at ext. 1161.

The obscene/prank phone caller has begun making calls to female students again. He gives his name (this week it’s Mark) and says he got your phone number from …(this week it’s Katie). He then says that he is a graduate student doing a study/thesis on passive/aggressive behavior or how to get someone to do what you want. Please hang up and notify Security. You can now block your campus phone from receiving these blocked calls yourself. Lift the handset, listen for the dial tone, dial *28 (star 28) and hang up. You will not receive any calls from blocked phones. If you want to reverse the block, simply lift the handset, listen for the dial tone, dial #28 (pound 28) and hang up. If you have any problems or questions, call Regina Reyes at ext. 1161.


Please make sure that when studying in an area open to the public like the library, lawns etc. you do not leave your valuables unattended.


Please make sure that when you leave your office for any reason, your valuables are locked in a drawer or closet if they can not be taken with you.

To report a crime or if you have any information concerning a crime or incident, please contact us at

For anonymous reporting, please call 610-660-1114 or click on the Safety & Security Tip Box link. There is also a Tip Drop Box in the Drexel Library.


Personal Safety Tips


Remember: you can become the victim of a crime at any time. Always be alert to your surroundings. Do not walk alone after dark! Call for an escort at 610-660-1111 or just dial extension 1111 from any university phone. Never get into a vehicle! The safest action to take is to run and holler to attract attention. Notify the police and SJU security as soon as possible.

Personal Safety Tips

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not leave your books, purse or bag unattended.
  • Immediately report any suspicious persons to Security.
  • Avoid isolated areas when studying or doing research.
  • Don’t leave anything in plain sight inside your vehicle. Lock everything in the trunk.
  • Call for an escort.
  • Don’t leave doors unlocked and don’t prop doors open.
  • Don’t walk alone at night.
  • Don’t be vulnerable, appear confident.
  • Stick to well-traveled, well-lit streets.
  • Never get into a car.
  • If you become a victim, don’t resist, comply then run and attract attention.
  • Never give your name or address to strangers.
  • If you attend a party go with friends you trust, tell them to never leave you alone and don’t be afraid to make a scene.


Verizon has made us aware of the “809” area code scam. You may receive on your pager, voicemail or email a message saying to call a phone number that begins with the area code 809. If you return this call your phone bill could be charged in excess of $2400 for only a few minutes. This area code is located in the British Virgin Islands where it is not required that you be notified about a charged call.  Verizon has issued alerts on other Caribbean area codes that could also be scams. They are 242, 246, 264, 268, 284, 340, 441, 473, 649, 664, 758, 767, 784, 787, 868, 869 and 876. In short, if you do not recognize the number DO NOT RETURN THE CALL.

Another popular scam is the Nigerian Email Fraud. This is an email you may receive from someone in Nigeria or other South African country who claims to have millions of dollars.  The sender says they are trying to move large sums of money by offering a substantial percentage of the cash in return for allowing them to deposit it into your bank account. The reasons have been money received for completed contracts, death inheritance and insurance payouts after airplane crashes. If you respond to the email you are asked for forward a good faith deposit to handle expenses. Several arrests have already been made in England and the United States Secret Service is investigating this scam. They have identified it as Project 419.

Customers are receiving faxed letters enticing them to fax the letter back for information on how to “Get Rich Quick”. The directions are to fax to 900 numbers and wait for details to be returned. The details are never returned and the customers average wait times of between 10 and 20 minutes. These fax calls are then billed back to the customer for $2.95 a minute.

Customers are receiving emails from stating that $498.98 has been charged to their account. They are instructed to call customer service at 01-239-444-6257 and press “4” for customer service. This is not a real customer service number and no one will ever answer. The customer will remain on hold while international charges accrue on their phone bill.