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Dear Tufts Community,

Over the last several weeks, there has been an increase in reported robberies and larcenies in the immediate area of the Tufts University Health Sciences campus, some of which have involved cell phones being snatched from victims. The incidents have occurred in the afternoon/early evening and early morning hours in the areas around Washington Street, Kneeland Street, Harrison Avenue and Oak Street. In some of the incidents, the suspects were apprehended, but we need your help in keeping you safe.

A victim is never to blame for criminal activity, and we want people to be safe while on the Health Sciences campus or at Tufts Medical Center. We encourage you to use the following risk reduction and safety precautions:

  • Remain alert and observant of the people around you.
  • If you think someone is following you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant. Don’t be afraid to call out for help.
  • Stick to well-lit and well-travelled routes and walk with friends whenever possible.
  • Utilize the SafeRide service.  Members of the Boston Health Sciences campus can dial Tufts Police at (617) 636-6610 or from a campus phone dial X-66610.
  • Program the Tufts Police number into your cell phone so you will be prepared in an emergency (617-627-6911).
  • Report any suspicious persons or circumstances to Tufts Police immediately at 617-627-6911 or x66911 from an on-campus phone, or dial 911 for off campus emergencies.

Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to call Boston Police detectives directly at (617) 343-4248. Community members wanting to assist in the investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463) or you can contact the Tufts Police at 617-636-6610 from off-campus or a cell phone. From a Health Sciences or Medford/Somerville campus phone, dial X-66610.