Keeping You Safe: Safety Tips for College Students

The Boston Police Department would like to welcome incoming college students to the City of Boston.  To help ensure your safety while living in a metropolitan area, we would like to offer the following tips: 

  • Tour the campus during the day to familiarize yourself with the facilities and the locations of emergency phones.
  • Tell a friend or roommate where you’re going before venturing out.
  • Avoid leaving your electronic, school bag or other belongings unattended.
  • Report suspicious people or vehicles to the police.
  • Avoid walking alone especially at night & try to have someone with you.
  • Travel along well-lit paths rather than taking shortcuts through side streets and alleyways.
  • Be alert of your surroundings.  Remove your headphones and pocket your phone.
  • Keep your keys out when walking to your vehicle, dorm or apartment.
  • Lock all doors and windows when you’re sleeping or away from your room.
  • Never invite strangers into your apartment or residence hall.
  • Document the serial numbers on your electronics.  Knowing these numbers could make the items easier to locate if stolen.
  • Only drink if you’re of legal age, and do so responsibly.  Pour your own beverages, keep track of your glass and arrange for a designated driver or taxi to take you home.  

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