Marathon Weekend Safety Message

Memorandum To: Boston Area College and University Students From: Superintendent William B. Evans, Commander Boston Police, Bureau of Field Services Date: April, 2012 Re: Marathon Weekend Safety Message, Celebrating Responsibly and Safety Update Dear Students, I hope you are all anticipating the warmer weather and are looking forward to the end of another school year. On behalf of the Boston Police Department I want to take this opportunity, as I often do, to offer several safety tips and to give you some useful information for the upcoming holiday weekend, which will include the Boston Marathon and all related activities beginning on Friday, April 13th. One event that signals the start of spring in Boston is the Boston Marathon. Like any major public event there is always great concern about your safety and the safety of those who come to Boston to run, watch and enjoy. Both events present public safety challenges and we want to ensure that you are informed, that you are safe and that you conduct yourself appropriately. On marathon Monday there will be large crowds, restricted access and a large police presence along the marathon route starting in Audubon Circle and continuing through the Back Bay. There will be access restrictions on certain streets which may make getting around a bit more challenging. There will be a zero tolerance policy towards public drinking, open containers of alcohol and intoxication. Also, the Boston Police would like to remind you not to congregate on rooftops, fire escapes and porches. There have been several incidents in the past where overcrowding has resulted in tragedy. Your safety, and the safety of the public, is our primary concern. Another concern is the incidents of house breaks and street robberies. Please make sure you secure your off campus housing units when you leave and lock the doors at all times. Certain areas of the city experience higher levels of house breaks due to students forgetting to lock doors and windows. Please take your electronic devices of value home with you, or lock them up, since these are often attractive targets. Do not walk and talk on your phone or walk with headphones on of any kind. Electronic devices such as iPods, iPhones and expensive headphones are the target of individuals who assault students and take these devices. Try and walk with a companion and in well-lit areas. Please remember to 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. Should you be the victim of a crime go directly to the local BPD district station and make a report. It is our hope that you enjoy the holiday weekend festivities and celebrate in a safe and responsible manner. Please keep in mind that you all play a role in our effort to ensure that the City of Boston is a shining example of good sportsmanship and pride. Superintendent William B. Evans For more information go to or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.