Preventing Robbery, Assault & Rape

It’s important to minimize your risk of crime, especially assault. Here’s how to protect yourself whether out and about or in your residence.

  • Avoid walking alone late at night. Use the Escort Security Service (617-353-4877) or travel in groups.
  • When going to a party or a bar, always use the buddy system.
  • If you go out alone, tell your roommates or a friend where you are going and when you expect to be back. If your plans change, call to let them know.
  • When walking on campus, follow well-lit paths and avoid alleyways.
  • Be alert to your surroundings and know the locations of the emergency blue-light phones.
  • Check your directions in advance and know where you are going.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous situations and neighborhoods.
  • Walk purposefully.
  • Do not carry large sums of cash.
  • Be cautious of people asking for money or assistance.
  • If your wallet is stolen, report the loss to the BUPD immediately and contact your credit card companies as well.
  • If you feel uneasy or threatened, change direction, cross the street, locate and use a blue-light emergency phone, or enter a store or place of business.
  • Carry a mobile phone, and change to use a pay phone.
  • Do not allow yourself to be left alone in an unfamiliar situation.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and drugs.
  • Do not drink anything that you did not open or mix yourself.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Use your peephole to identify anyone who knocks on your door before you open it. If you do not recognize someone, do not open your door.
  • Report suspicious persons or activity to the BUPD.
  • For more information, visit BU’s Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) or the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.