Spate of Robberies on and around Campus
Tips from BUPD on how to reduce risk
Four unarmed robberies on or near campus since March 8 have the Boston University Police Department reminding students to observe common-sense precautions.
Three of the robberies involved students accosted by two thieves demanding cell phones, wallets, or money, according to an e-bulletin sent to the University community last week by BUPD Chief Thomas Robbins. The fourth involved a single student robbed by a single thief.
BU Today spoke recently with the chief, who says no one was injured in the robberies, which happened between 6 and 11 p.m.
The three similar robberies took place near Kenmore Square, Robbins says, near 575 Commonwealth Ave., on Bay State Road close to the Raleigh Street intersection, and on Blandford Street. The fourth robbery happened near 100 Ashford Street. “We do not have any suspects at this time,” he says, as none of the victims could give a good description of their assailants. BUPD detectives are investigating with colleagues from area police departments, including Boston and Brookline.
“I think it’s very important for you to take a moment to remember that although your chances of being the victim of a crime are small, your personal commitment to your own safety is crucial,” Robbins wrote in the e-bulletin.
Tips from BUPD:
“Always be aware of your surroundings, whether on or off campus; walk with friends and with others in the area, especially at night; if you don’t have anyone to walk with at night, use the escort security service; safeguard your valuables by keeping them out of sight; and report suspicious persons and activity immediately to the Boston University Police Department by calling 617-353-2121 or texting anonymously at 847411 Keyword: BU.”
The bulletin notes that the BUPD’s number is on the back of every Terrier ID Card.
If these precautions fail and you’re approached by a robber, “Cooperate whenever possible so as to avoid escalation to physical violence,” Robbins urges.
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