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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.