Crime Prevention in the Dorms

  • Always keep the door(s) to your residence and the windows that are accessible from the outside locked.
  • Never sleep in an unlocked room.
  • Never put your name and address on key rings.
  • If you lose your keys, report the loss immediately.
  • Do not study in secluded areas, particularly alone.
  • If you receive obscene or harassing telephone calls, or several calls with no one on the other end, notify the Boston University Police. Keep a time and date record of the calls.
  • If you find that your room has been entered, DON’T GO INSIDE OR TOUCH ANYTHING! Call the police immediately.
  • If you find an intruder inside your room, day or night, DO NOT try to apprehend the person. The intruder may be armed or may easily grab something in the room as a weapon. Get out of the room and call the police.
  • Avoid bringing large amounts of cash or other valuables to campus.
  • Always keep items of value out of sight.
  • Keep a record of serial numbers of computers, printers, televisions, CD players, and other valuable possessions.
  • If your wallet is lost or stolen, notify the three major credit reporting companies that your identification has been stolen. They can stop anyone from obtaining instant credit on your credit line:
    Equifax 1-800-525-6285
    Experian 1-800-301-7195
    Trans Union 1-800-680-7289

The potential for crime does exist, but by following the suggestions outlined here, you can substantially reduce the possibility that you, a friend, or a colleague might become the victim of a crime.