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Boston University Medical Center alerts residents to recent crimes

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  February 4, 2013 10:19 AM

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An unarmed robbery and an attempted robbery were reported in the South End Wednesday night.

Boston University Medical Center alerted neighborhood residents to the two incidents in an e-mail sent Thursday.

According to the e-mail by Connie Packard, director of Boston University Medical Center Public Safety, Boston Police responded to an attempted robbery at Harrison Avenue and East Concord Street and an unarmed robbery that occurred at Washington and East Concord streets Wednesday night.

Both victims were Boston Medical Center employees and the crimes involved cell phones.

“While these incidents are very disturbing, I can report that no injuries were sustained by either of the victims,” Packard wrote in the e-mail.

The Boston Police Department is continuing to investigate both cases.

“This type of criminal activity has been on the rise in and around the Boston area and MBTA stations,” said Packard, noting that Boston Police and MBTA police have reported an increase in thefts of iPhones, iPads and other electronic devices

Packard encouraged community members to report crime and unsafe conditions and offered the following advice to help prevent becoming a victim of crime:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, whether on or off campus. If you see something suspicious, say something by reporting it immediately to the police.
  • Report suspicious persons and activity immediately by calling 9-1-1 or the Boston University Medical Campus Public Safety Department at 617.414.4444. Take a minute and program this number into your cell phone.
  • Walk with others whenever possible, especially at night.
  • Do not use smart phones or any electronic devices, including ear buds or headphones, while walking on the street, especially at night.
  • Safeguard your valuables by keeping them out of sight.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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