Neighborhood Safety

Boston is a relatively safe city, but how do you determine if the neighborhood you are interested living in is safe or not?  Trust your instincts.  If you are not comfortable in a neighborhood, you should not live there. You can get crime reports and statistics by checking these links:

City of Boston

Boston Police Department News

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Off-Campus Safety

Walking is a major part of living in the city.  Take precautions to stay safe when walking city streets or riding on public transit.

Be aware, be careful, be alert, be smart.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Do not talk on your cell phone, or listen to music when walking to your destination.
  • Stay in well-lit, well-traveled areas; avoid shortcuts, bushes, alleys, and dark entryways.
  • Walk with someone, or in small groups whenever possible.
  • If a car appears to follow you, turn and walk in the opposite direction or walk on the other side of the street.
  • Do not flaunt your valuables.  Carry as little cash as possible.  Hide smart phones,  iPads,  iPods and other electronic devices.
  • If you feel you are in danger, do not be afraid to scream and run.
  • Always have your keys ready when you arrive home so you can enter your building without delay.
  • Stay alert when entering your apartment.  Do not talk on your cell phone or look preoccupied when walking toward your building.
  • At night, make use of BUMC Public Safety Security Escorts and BUMC Evening T Shuttle to public transportation or a taxi.
  • On public transportation beware: a crowded bus or subway can be a haven for purse-snatchers and pickpockets.
  • Never keep anything of value in the outer pocket of a backpack—especially wallets and MBTA passes.
  • Avoid sitting near the door.  A thief can snatch a bag and escape out the door.
  • Avoid using your electronic devices on the bus or train.   iPods, iPads and smart phones are popular and easy to steal.
  • Stay alert, sit near driver to be safe, or move to a car with more passengers.

Emergencies: Dial 911

Wherever you live in the Boston area, for emergency assistance—police, fire or medical—call 911 immediately.

On-Campus Safety and Security

Boston University provides several resources for on campus safety and security plus information and advice on request.   BUMC Safety Services are staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week, on call at (617) 414-4444. Service calls for security and facilities as well as emergency response are dispatched from the Command and Control Center, located at 750 Albany Street.

Charles River Campus Safety and Security

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