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Crime Prevention

The public safety department offers crime-prevention programs on a wide variety of issues facing community members in their daily lives. University police provide information to students, parents and student organizations on how to protect themselves from sexual assault, theft and other crimes. Speakers are available on such topics as domestic violence, sexual assault, physical security and bike safety.

In addition, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself and your property.

In Your Residence Hall

  • Always lock your door. Ninety percent of all larcenies occur because people have left doors open or unlocked.
  • Never lend your keys to friends or strangers.
  • Never prop open building access doors.
  • Be aware of strangers in the area. Report them immediately to the university police by dialing (781) 736-3333 or (781) 736-5000.
  • Do not take showers late at night.
  • Do not study alone or in remote areas: utilize the designated study areas on campus.
  • Report all broken or malfunctioning doors and windows to the Department of Community Living at (781) 736-5060.
  • Do not advertise your schedule or leave personal identification on your door or social media.
  • Do not leave your books, purse or other valuables unattended.

At Home

  • Secure all doors and windows before leaving your home or retiring for the evening.
  • Keep your garage door secured, so as to limit unauthorized access.
  • When away from home for extended periods, remember to stop deliveries and ask the local police or a neighbor to watch your house.
  • Maintain accurate property records and keep updated appraisals of your possessions (e.g., jewelry, antiques)

In Your Office

  • Never leave your office unlocked when not in use.
  • Secure purse and other valuables in locked desks or cabinets.
  • Maintain all cash in a secured area; file cabinets are not safes.
  • Report all broken windows and doors to the facilities department at (781) 736-8500.
  • Never lend your keys to friends or strangers.
  • Maintain up-to-date lists of all equipment assigned to your office. Forms are available from the university police.

In Your Car

  • Always keep your doors and windows secured when driving.
  • If you are being followed, drive to a police station or a busy shopping center and blow your horn until someone comes to your assistance.
  • If you are experiencing car trouble, raise the hood and remain in the locked vehicle until assistance arrives.
  • Secure your valuables in the trunk of the vehicle out of sight.
  • Utilize the escort service when arriving on campus late at night.