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Community Advisory: Recent Activity on Boston Common

Dear Emerson community members,

Last night, at about 6:30 pm, two Suffolk University students were accosted and assaulted by a group of juveniles while walking through the Boston Common.  The Boston Police Department responded to the scene and was able to determine that a Suffolk University student was punched by one of the juveniles, who were approximately 11-14 years of age.  This same group of juveniles is reportedly responsible for several unprovoked attacks and property damage in the Downtown Crossing area, Macy’s, and the Boston Common.  The Boston Police are seeking criminal complaints against these juveniles.  Captain Robert Ciccolo, the Boston Police A-1 commander, states that the Boston Police Department has added additional patrols in the Common and Downtown Crossing.  Additionally, ECPD Officers will increase their presence on Boylston Street.

If you see this group of juveniles, do not engage them, walk away, and report any criminal activity to the Boston Police Department by dialing 911.

We would like to remind the community that the Emerson College Police Department provides safety escorts to members of the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, upon request.  Specifically, the ECPD provides students, faculty, and staff with walking or motor vehicle escort between locations on campus as well as to the Park Street MBTA Station, to the Washington Street Orange Line MBTA Station and the Arlington Street MBTA Station and points in between. To request a safety escort please call the ECPD at 617-824-8555.  We are providing a list of safety suggestions to consider when as you travel around the city.

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.

Chief Robert Smith

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