Dear members of the Emerson community:
As the holiday season begins, activities within the City of Boston, including live theatre presentations and large gatherings, will attract more visitors to downtown venues. In order to ensure the continued safety of our community members, we are providing a list of suggestions to consider as you move about the city during this time.
Among those suggestions are:
- Be aware of your surroundings, and be alert to who is near you.
- When walking, stay in well-lit areas and walk in numbers, if possible.
- When walking, keep to commonly traveled routes.
- Avoid all shortcuts and isolated areas.
- Do not take out a wallet on the street, if asked for money.
- Be aware that some may use scams or stories to seek your sympathy.
- Remember, if you are approached by anyone attempting to rob you, quickly give them your valuables, get to a safe location, and call ECPD or Boston Police immediately.
- Trust your instincts and use common sense. If something feels wrong, more often than not, your instincts will be correct.
In addition, the Emerson College Police Department would like to remind you that the department provides safety escorts to members of the community 24-hours a day, seven days a week upon request. This service provides students, faculty, and staff with a walking or motor vehicle escort between locations on campus, as well as to the Park Street MBTA Station, to the Washington Street MBTA Station, the Arlington Street MBTA Station, and points in between.
Additional community safety resources are available for students and members of the community from the ECPD online.
We hope this information will be useful to you and that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Robert Smith, Chief
Emerson College Police Department