Safety Message and College Community Alert

Dear Students,

I hope you are enjoying the remaining days of your spring semester and, for some of you, the last days of college. I want to take this opportunity to offer just a few security tips with the impending warmer weather and  also some information relative to a growing crime trend around some of the local colleges/universities.

Please make sure you always secure your off campus housing units before you leave for ANY length, or extended period, of time. This includes doors and windows alike. The warmer weather traditionally generates a rise in residential breaks, in and around student housing, whether it be Allston/Brighton, Mission Hill, and/or the Fenway areas.

Students who sublet their apartments can be particularly vulnerable. Secure all of your apartments well and ask nearby neighbors to watch the area around your house and/or apartment unit. If you have air conditioners make sure they are securely fastened to the window frame.

Please be mindful of the electronic devices of value in your home including laptops, game systems, iPods and cameras since these are often attractive targets. Also make sure you are not letting mail collect in mailboxes or on porches. A timing device on a light can also be helpful so your unit is not a target at night when you go out. Pay attention to who is coming and going from your home/building or who is trying to get in if they do not live there. Simple suggestions as mentioned above, along with taking a few extra minutes before you leave your unit, can help safeguard your property.

Lastly, and most importantly, we are experiencing an increasing number of street robberies in/around the colleges and around the T stations, particularly Jackson and Roxbury Crossing.  Items that are being targeted are cell phones and electronic devices. As you walk around Boston anytime, please always be aware of your surroundings and should you be approached comply with the perpetrators request. Your life is always more valuable than your property.

This message is meant to educate you about the dangers of making yourself an easy target.  College students comprise a large part of the city’s population and your safety is a priority. Boston is a great city and a safe one. Enjoy the warmer weather!

Superintendent William Evans, Commander

Bureau of Field Services
Boston Police Department