NUPD Timely Warning
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on October 31, 2019, the Boston Police Department reported that there had been a shooting in the Ruggles MBTA Station. A victim was later identified and is not affiliated with Northeastern University. The suspects, in this case, fled immediately in a direction away from the campus. The MBTA Transit Police will continue to investigate the incident.
At this time, there is no ongoing threat to the community based on this incident and the Northeastern University Police Department will increase patrols in this area out of an abundance of caution.
In addition, the Northeastern University Police Department would like to remind our community of the following safety tips:
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Remove distractions whenever possible. Getting lost in thought or in your headphones may be routine when walking to class or studying in a quiet spot, but it is crucial to keep your eyes and ears open. While this sounds easy enough, listening to music, talking on a cell phone, and text messaging are all distractions. Know what is going on around you and keep alert. If you notice anything that you feel is unsafe or suspicious, let NUPD know by calling 617.373.2121.
SafeZone Mobile Safety App
SafeZone is a smart phone app that any student or staff member can download and use for free. This App will connect you directly to the NUPD should you need our assistance or emergency support while you are on campus. More information on the SafeZone mobile app can be found at nupd.northeastern.edu.
Stay on the Path
Keep to well-traveled areas and avoid alleyways. At night, keep on the lighted paths whenever possible.
Avoid Walking Alone
There is safety in numbers and it is always beneficial to walk with others, especially at night. Wanting to get home after a night out or between late night classes, you may be tempted to give in to walking alone – avoid it whenever possible and if you feel unsafe, contact NUPD.
Know Your Resources
Take note of where emergency phones are on campus and know that you can always contact the NUPD. The NUPD offers personal safety escorts 24 hours a day from one point to another on campus whenever you feel unsafe. From 7:00pm until 6:00am, the REDEYE service is available to provide you with a ride up to two miles off campus. For additional information on all of the services that NUPD offers, please see our website at nupd.northeastern.edu or contact us at 617.373.2121.
Trust Your Instincts
Taking control of your own safety means doing what is necessary to avoid dangerous situations. If something doesn’t feel right, even if you can’t put your finger on why, try to remove yourself from the situation altogether. Trust your instincts.
Remember to be safe Huskies!
Northeastern University Police Department