Advice for Staying Safe On Campus and Off Campus

Voice your concerns about crime and potential safety problems

Do not wait until crimes occur or problems get out of control. Contact the Emerson College Police Department to report problems or suspicious activity.

Report crimes and provide information about crimes and suspicious activities

While on campus, call the Emerson College Police Department at 617-824-8888 to report ANY suspicious activity or criminal incidents. To report criminal incidents off campus, call 911. Accurate and timely reports of emergencies or suspicious incidents will assist the College police officers in a quick and effective response.

When you call, please remain calm and speak clearly. Stay on the phone until the police dispatcher has all the information needed.

Awareness and Training

Here are some general safety precautions the Emerson Community can use to stay safe in Boston.

  • When walking, especially alone, please keep to well-lit areas.
  • Avoid all shortcuts and isolated areas.
  • Keep to commonly traveled routes.
  • Walk with a purpose.
  • Be vigilant while talking on your cell phone.
  • Avoid using your iPod, MP3 device or any headphones when walking.  If you must, keep one ear bud free from your ear.
  • Always dress for freedom of movement when walking.
  • Always use caution while carrying a backpack, leaving a backpack on your shoulders can give criminals the opportunity to steal your belongings.
  • Keep your valuables under your control, especially in public spaces.
  • Watch for suspicious persons or activities.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, who is near you, and what they are doing.
  • Avoid talking to strangers, especially in isolated areas.
  • If you feel threatened, cross the street, enter a business establishment, or otherwise seek the safety of having other persons around you.
  • If you feel threatened, do anything you can to bring attention to your situation to the best of your ability.
  • Most importantly trust your instincts and use common sense. If something feels wrong more times than not your instincts will be correct.

Please report all criminal or suspicious activity to the Emerson College Police on campus at 617-824-8888 or 911 off campus.