Crime prevention is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it.
Your call may save a life, prevent an injury, or stop a criminal act. Many crimes occur literally "under the noses" of citizens who did not notice anything suspicious. The direct reduction of crime at Boston University is because of you; no police department can function effectively without the earnest assistance of responsible citizens.
The Boston University Police Department depends on YOU to call and report to us whenever you observe suspicious persons or actions on campus. Do not worry about being embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded. Think instead about what might happen if you neglect to report suspicious persons or activity. The responsibility for safety on campus does not rest solely with the Police Department; it is shared by YOU. In fact, your involvement is the most important factor in crime prevention. You are the eyes and ears in the Boston University community and your quick thinking can help prevent a crime.
What is SUSPICIOUS? Anything that seems slightly "out of place" for the area or time of day in which it occurs. The most obvious things to watch out for and report are:
While most of the situations described above could have innocent explanations, your police department would rather investigate crime-prone situations than be called when it is too late.