Department of Public Safety

Massachusetts Campus Watch Program

What's is Campus Watch?

Massachusetts Campus Watch is a cooperative effort to encourage crime prevention practices by students, faculty, staff, and campus law enforcement to further insure a safe campus environment.

Why is there a need for Campus Watch?

Campus Watch is a program designed to introduce the practice of preventing personal and property crime while living or working on campus.

When people enter the campus environment they tend to feel safe and forget that crime can occur on a college campus just as it does in the outside world. Campus Watch is a comprehensive approach to address "potential" safety and security issues that effect college campuses.

Campus Watch Goals

  • Implement guidelines for identifying and reporting suspicious activity to a campus public safety department.
  • Create a team approach between the community and the public safety department to support campus community policing initiatives.
  • Promote heath education programs to support substance abuse programs.
  • Provide a forum to address quality of life issues related to public safety within the campus environment

Who Is Involved?

  • Public Safety Departments
  • Students
  • Student Life Departments
  • Commuter Services
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Administrative Services
  • Student Interest Groups
  • Neighborhood Interest Groups
  • Local Businesses
  • Local Government Agencies

How to report suspicious activity to the police

  • Explain the nature of the incident
  • Identify the location of the incident
  • Identify yourself
  • Stay on the telephone line and always position yourself in a safe location.

For Suspicious Motor Vehicles report

  • Make
  • Model
  • Color
  • Plate Number
  • Any distinguishing marks
  • Last known direction

For Suspicious Persons report

  • Gender
  • Race
  • Approximate age
  • Build, (heavy, medium, slender)
  • Hair color
  • Clothing type and color
  • Any distinguishing marks or features
  • Last known direction


  • MassachusettsNeighborhood Crime Watch Commission
  • UMass Amherst
  • UMass Boston
  • UMass Dartmouth
  • UMass Lowell
  • UMass Worcester