With winning New England sports teams and the holiday season underway, it’s no wonder the Boston University Police Department (BUPD) has begun to increase security measures and implement safety tips for the highly active student body.
Although the Charles River Campus is located in what is generally considered a fairly safe part of Boston, there is no question students should take advantage of preventative tips offered daily by BUPD.
BUPD has been cracking down on crime this year. Although larceny is the overwhelming leader in crime reports with over 50 percent of incidents caused by unattended belongings, a spike in bike thefts has also been noted as a trend this semester.
Scott S. Pare, Deputy Chief of BU Police, believes that by promoting education, locking office doors, keepings things accounted for and becoming aware of one’s surroundings, theft is preventable. To combat the issue, BUPD has installed a system of “bait bikes.”
“It’s kind of like fishing, we use the bike as a lure,” Pare said. “We wire GPS systems to the bikes and see if anyone takes them.”
BUPD has made at least one arrest using this tactic. Officers also keep a close eye on the bike racks, in addition to the outdoor street surveillance cameras in the area. The Police Department recommends ditching inexpensive cable locks and switching to a stronger, larger, U-Bolt lock.
In order to promote better safety precautions, BUPD teamed up with PRLab, the country’s oldest student-run PR firm located on BU’s campus. In November, PRLab held its annual “Safety Week,” a 5-day promotional event that provides valuable information about different domains of crime prevention.
Erica Morelli, the PRLab BUPD Supervisor, said the key to spreading campus safety measures is through constant interaction between the police force and students.
“I love BUPD! Since we’re their clients, we understand their needs, but since we are also student’s here, we understand the mentality on campus. It makes it easier to target the two and bring them together,” Morelli said last month.
This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and the Boston University News Service.