Most of you will be leaving shortly to celebrate the long Thanksgiving weekend. Whether you are traveling near or far, the majority of you will be leaving your living spaces vacant and unattended. I want to take this opportunity, as I often do, to offer a few safety tips and reminders so that you do not fall victim to a crime and that your personal possessions and space are protected.
- As always, please make sure you secure your on and off campus housing units when you leave by locking all doors and windows. Certain areas of the city experience higher levels of house breaks due to students forgetting to lock doors and windows during the departure for the holidays.
- If you have air conditioners, please remove them from the windows especially those where there is access to a fire escape. If they cannot be removed, make sure they are securely fastened. Ask someone knowledgeable if you need assistance.
- Please take any and all of your electronic devices of value home with you since these are often attractive targets. Jewelry, game systems and iPods also tend to be items that are attractive to would-be perpetrators.
- It is just as important to secure your on campus units. Do not get a false sense of security simply because your rooms will be monitored. Lock your dorm room doors and windows.
- If you have trusted neighbors living next to, or adjacent, let them know you are going to be away so that they can keep an eye on things. Conversely, if you are going to be staying home, keep an eye on your neighborhood and call 911 if you see anything suspicious.
On behalf of the Boston Police Department relax and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
Superintendent William B. Evans – Chief, Bureau of Field Services