A Public Safety Message from Police Commissioner William Gross to Local College Students Before the 2018 Winter Break

Dear Students,

Firstly, congratulations on completing your first semester of 2018. I know at this time many of you are preparing for and will soon be finishing up final exams before departing for a well-deserved winter break. So, before you go, I’d like to take this opportunity to share a few safety tips and reminders to safeguard your living spaces while away on holiday. 

As always, please make sure you secure your on and off campus housing units when you leave by locking all doors and windows. Sounds simple, but, is often overlooked. Please take precautions in advance and, if need be, contact your management company or landlord to make sure that the locks are in working order. If you have air conditioners, please remove them from the windows especially those where there is access to a fire escape. If they can’t be removed, make sure they are securely fastened.  As for items of value, best to take them with you. Easy-to-steal items like iPads, laptops, game systems, jewelry and currency are always attractive targets for would-be thieves. 

If possible, ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things during your time away. Conversely, if you’re staying home, be a good neighbor by keeping an eye on your neighborhood and call 9-1-1 if you see anything suspicious. In the days leading up to winter break, consider installing motion censored or timed lighting in and outside of your residence. This will create the illusion that someone is home.  

Additionally, should you choose to stay in the city for any holiday or New Year’s celebrations, please keep in mind that the Boston Police Department will be monitoring the neighborhoods for loud and underage parties. Don’t forget that your homes are in neighborhoods where people live and work. As such, being a good neighbor involves being respectful to those around you.

I hope this information is helpful. Please visit www.BPDNews.com for more information and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

On behalf of the men and women of the Boston Police Department, relax and enjoy your break. You earned it! 

Happy Holidays!


William G. Gross

Boston Police Commissioner