• Introduce yourself to your neighbors
• Lock ALL doors and windows – use window stops
• Don’t buzz in anyone you don’t know
• Turn your front and rear porch lights on and leave them on all night long.
• If you are going away have a neighbor remove newspapers from your doorway
• Leave the radio on a talk show when you’re out and put the light on timers, set timers for lights
• Remove GPS units, mounts, and wipe away squiggly marks.
• Don’t leave anything in your cars. Not even clothes or empty bottles.
• Park in a well lit area. Alarms and Clubs deter criminals.
• Walk with or near group of people
• Don not listen to music or talk on your cell
• Yelling: “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
• Walk with confidence. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at anytime can be a victim of crime. Don’t assume, "IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME."
• If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.
• Keep your eyes & ears open to suspicious activity, reporting any to 911. “No call is too small.”
• Follow up on your 911 call with a call to Drug Sgt, Auto Investigator, or Community Service Office at 617.343.5624
• Respond to cries for help or whistle alerts by calling 911, then blow your whistle or make noise on your street.
• Call Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text a ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).
Light out, sidewalk cracked, want to get rid of an old fridge, need another city service?
CALL THE MAYOR’S HOTLINE: 617.635.4500 or go to www.CityofBoston.gov