Department of Public Safety

Alerts and Notices

Public Safety Informational Awareness Bulletin

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

In response to the incidents of violent crime that have recently impacted young people in the South Boston and Dorchester areas, the University of Massachusetts Boston Department of Public Safety and the Office of the Dean of Students would like to remind students of personal and community safety measures to keep in mind when you are out in the Boston community. We encourage all of our students to stay alert and to report any suspicious behavior immediately to the University’s Department of Public Safety (617-287-7780) or the Boston Police Department (617-343-4200) or to call 9-1-1 in cases of emergencies.

Please consider some of the following safety tips provided by the Department of Public Safety:


  • Choose populated places rather than deserted ones
  • Try to avoid being out alone after dark or before light
  • Use the buddy system, have a friend accompany you
  • Walk with a dog
  • Be alert to your surroundings.
  • When going for a walk, carry a walking stick.
  • Always carry a cell phone, just in case.

If you are accosted, here are several tips which may save your life:


  • Run away while screaming at the top of your lungs “Get away from me!  Leave me alone!  I don’t know you!”
  • Run toward populated places such as stores or businesses, rather than into deserted areas.
  • Don’t concern yourself with “making a scene.”
  • Fight hard and long, as if your life depends on it.
    • Don’t be afraid to use teeth, fingernails, elbows, knees and any object as weapons
    • Fighting “dirty” is only disallowed in sports – if it can save your life, fight dirty!
    • If stopped by police, make a lot of noise so they know you are there.
    • Don’t allow yourself to be corralled into a back room, bound, gagged or otherwise incapacitated – FIGHT and/or RUN.
  • If someone pulls a gun on you, run away as fast as you can, moving side to side as you run.
    • It is very difficult to hit a moving target and more difficult if the potential shooter is also running.
  • Don’t try to call the police until the threat is over; spend your energy screaming, fighting and trying to get away, then call the police.