Students are wary of the traditionally dangerous reputation of West Philadelphia, but most feel very secure walking around campus at any time. Most believe that the campus is in as safe of a neighborhood as a large city can provide and believe that the less than perfect safety record is a small price to pay if you want an urban campus. Students appreciate the strong efforts made by the University administration to improve security in recent years which include a increased police force, technological security innovations, and the use of a Penn ID Card for access into most buildings after-hours.
Penn, being one of only two universities to receive the Clery Award for improvements in safety in 2003, has proven that it is committed to improving the streets of West Philadelphia and making the area safer for students and local residents alike. While crime rates may be significantly lower than a decade ago, there is yet progress to be made to ensure that Penn students enjoy an even more secure learning environment. Hopefully, the school will continue to implement new and improved safety procedures so that every trip home from the library at 4 a.m. be a safe one.