Follow these tips to stay safe and secure
Protect Yourself in the Residence Halls and at Home
- Always lock your door, even when you intend to return shortly or you are just going down the hall. It takes a thief 10 seconds or less to enter an open room and steal your property.
- Lock or secure doors and windows when you are alone or asleep.
- Do not prop open outer doors.
- Do not allow strangers to enter premises.
- If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency call, offer to telephone for them instead of allowing them access.
- Keep emergency numbers by your phone.
- Do not leave messages on your door indicating you are away and/or when you will return.
- Do not put your address on your key ring.
- Do not leave keys in hiding places. Thieves will find them.
- On campus, call the Police Department(extension 8888) to report suspicious activity. Off campus, use the emergency number of the city or town. (Boston, Brookline, Cambridge = 911) Immediately give the dispatcher your location. Then give the nature of the emergency. If possible, stay on the line until help arrives or the dispatcher terminates the call.
- Keep automatic teller machine (ATM) cards in a safe place. Never reveal your personal identification number to anybody, particularly anyone who purports to be a bank employee conducting a security survey. Never loan your ATM card to anyone. When possible, only use ATMs during the day. If you need to bank at night, use a machine in a well-lighted area, such as a shopping mall or supermarket.
Protect Yourself When Walking
- Avoid walking alone at night unless absolutely necessary.
- Keep to well-lit, commonly traveled routes. Avoid shortcuts and dark, isolated areas.
- If you feel threatened, cross the street, enter a business establishment, or otherwise seek the safety of having other persons around you. Trust your instincts: if someone or something makes you uneasy, you are probably correct.
- Walk purposefully; know where you are going; do not project the image of a victim.
- Constantly maintain awareness of your surroundings. Avoid potentially dangerous situations.
- Always dress for freedom of movement when walking.
- Have your door keys ready; carry them in your hand or pocket, not buried in a purse.
- Avoid giving directions to persons in motor vehicles. If you feel you must, do not approach the vehicle closely. Speak from a distance and be prepared to flee in the opposite direction if necessary.
Protect Yourself When Biking
- Wear a helmet. More than 70 percent of bicycle-related fatalities are the result of head injuries.
- At night, always wear light-colored clothing.
- Put an illuminated headlight and taillight on your bike.
- Ride with the flow of traffic.
- Wear shoes/sneakers when operating a bike.
Protect Yourself When Driving
- Always keep your car door locked.
- Never give a stranger a ride.
- Check your back seat before entering your car.
- Put valuables in your trunk or out of sight.
- Always have a spare tire and a jack in working order.
- If you break down, wait with your vehicle and call AAA or the police. Do not accept a ride from a stranger.
- Keep a copy of your vehicle registration in your car.
- If you feel followed, drive toward a well-lit public area and call the police.
Emergency Line: 617-824-8888
Business Line (non-emergency requests and information): 617-824-8555
Security is everyone's responsibility at Emerson. These steps can help ensure your own safety and the safety of others:
1. Carry your student ID at all times and cooperate with College officials asking you to identify yourself.
2. When walking after dark, use the "buddy system." Stay on main streets with good lighting and pedestrian traffic.
3. Report all suspicious activity on Emerson property to the Police Department at 617-824-8555.
4. Do not invite unfamiliar individuals into campus facilities.
5. When entering and exiting a campus facility, secure the door behind you and follow check-in and check-out procedures.
6. Immediately report all incidents of theft, intrusion, or physical harm to the Police Department.
7. The MBTA provides safe and reliable service from 5:30 am to 12:30 am daily. To check routes and maps, visit www.mbta.com.