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Crime Prevention Tips

Protecting Yourself and Your Property

Protect yourself in your room or apartment:

  • Lock your doors and windows even when you intend to come right back. It only takes 10 seconds for someone to enter your room and steal your property.
  • Keep a list of emergency phone contacts by or on your phone.
  • Do not leave messages on your door indicating that you are away, or when you will be back.
  • Do not tell others the combination to your room, or provide extra keys.
  • Do not prop open exterior doors. All exterior building doors are alarmed and will cause BC Police to respond
  • Get to know your neighbors. Report all strangers in your residence hall to the BC Police (617-552-4444) or to your RA right away. All delivery people are required to meet in the lobby or at the front door of your building. They are not permitted to walk around in the building.
  • Do not keep large sums of cash on your person or in your room. Use ATM or credit cards when you can.
  • Keep ATM and Credit Cards in a safe place. Remember to keep your pin numbers to yourself. Avoid using ATM's at night.
  • All BC employees are required to have a BC ID visible. Report any suspicious person to the BC Police.

Protect yourself both on and off campus:

  • Avoid walking alone at night. Use the BC Eagle Escort Service (617-552-8888), which operates from 7 p.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week during the academic year.
  • Do not take shortcuts through dark and isolated areas. Keep to well-lit, commonly used areas.
  • Report any on campus areas where lights are not functioning to the Work Order Center (617-552-3048).
  • Walk purposely, know where you are going, and project a look of self-assurance.
  • Have your door, car keys, and BC ID ready so that you may enter a building without delay.
  • Make yourself aware of where you can get help should you need it, such as emergency phones, residence hall call box, and pay phones. Elevators have emergency phones, and dining halls are open late.
  • Make yourself aware of the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program, for women's self defense.
  • The drinking age in Massachusetts is 21. Drinking and safety do not go hand-in-hand.

Protecting your property:

  • Use the BCPD Operation Identification Program.
  • Register your bike with the BC Police.
  • Secure your bike to the bike racks that are provided by the unviersity. Use a heavy alloy lock and chain, or use a U-Shaped lock.
  • Be sure to lock your car. Never leave tempting valuables or property visible inside a vehicle. Lock these items in your trunk.