Crime Alert: College Police Announce Increased Patrols

Published 01.08.2008


Penn College Police have issued a new Crime Alert. Police have doubled patrols both on and off campus as a result of recent crime activity in the city. None of the incidents occurred on campus.

Off-Campus Apartment Burglaries Since Dec. 13, at least 14 apartment burglaries in the immediate area of the college (most affecting off-campus student housing) were reported to Williamsport or Penn College Police. All of the apartments were empty while students were away on holiday break between semesters. Landlords have contacted students that live in the apartments where the burglaries were reported. It appears that mostly small, low-value items and cash were taken.

STUDENTS: If you return to campus and find that your apartment was broken into and it has not been reported to police, please contact the Penn College Police immediately at (570) 327-4760.

Shootings in the City On Friday, Jan. 4, four shootings occurred in the city, resulting in one death and several injuries. Williamsport Bureau of Police are continuing to investigate these shootings, which occurred in four different locations, two in the east end of the city and two several blocks north of the campus.

Another shooting, which resulted in no injuries, happened around 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the intersection of Memorial Avenue and Walnut Street (several blocks northeast of campus). A suspect in this shooting was immediately taken into custody and remains in jail.

Be Alert and Report Suspicious or Dangerous Situations Penn College Police issue Crime Alerts so that students, faculty and staff can be alerted to potentially dangerous situations on and around campus and take appropriate precautions. The warnings are issued when the situation is considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.

All students, faculty and staff should be alert for suspicious persons and potentially dangerous situations on and off campus. Immediately report all crimes or suspicious activity to Penn College Police, who will coordinate communications with the Williamsport Bureau of Police. Penn College Police continue to work with local law enforcement and city officials to improve safety in the community that surrounds our campus.

If you have information on the burglaries, shootings or other crimes, please immediately contact Penn College Police (24 hours a day) at (570) 327-4760 or submit information online via the Silent Witness Web siteto remain anonymous.

This and other Crime Alerts can be viewed here.