NUPD Timely Warning Notification
The Northeastern University Police Department [NUPD] is investigating an incident that occurred earlier this evening in Stetson West and Speare Hall involving an individual that entered the residential buildings without proper access. During the incident, the individual entered two rooms that had doors propped open. Residents and ResLife staff quickly notified the NUPD leading to the apprehension of the suspect. The suspect is not affiliated with Northeastern. No one was injured and no items were taken during this incident.
While there is no further threat, the NUPD would like to share the following important safety tips:
Keep the Building Secure
- The individual in question was able to gain access to the building while someone was leaving through the secured door. He also entered a room because someone left the door open. If security doors are propped open, you may be inadvertently providing access to someone that is not authorized to be in the building. Both on-campus and off-campus, keeping doors secure helps keep the building and its residents safe. Similarly, holding open a secured door for someone you don’t know puts the building’s security at risk. Don’t be afraid to ask the individual to use their own key or card to access the building. If you feel that there is a building security issue, notify NUPD at 617-373-3333 or utilize the SafeZone app.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
- An alert Proctor notified NUPD immediately when he saw the individual improperly enter the building. 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. Plan your route and avoid unfamiliar streets whenever possible. If you notice anything that you feel is unsafe or suspicious, notify NUPD at 617-373-3333 or utilize the SafeZone app.
SafeZone Mobile Safety App
- SafeZone is a smart phone app that any student or staff member can download and use for free. Should you need emergency assistance, this app will connect you directly to the NUPD and on-duty police personnel. More information on the SafeZone mobile app can be found at nupd.northeastern.edu/safezone.
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.
- Northeastern University uses the NU Alert system to communicate emergency notifications and timely warning messages to our community. Messages sent on this system may go to emails and phone numbers registered in your myNortheastern portal. Be sure to keep this information current. NU Alerts are issued when an immediate threat to health or safety of the campus has been confirmed. Timely Warning notifications are sent by email notification when a serious and/or violent crime has occurred on campus. For more information about the NU Alert system, please visit nupd.northeastern.edu/nualert/.
Review the Emergency Guidebook and NUPD Website
- Be sure to check out the NU Emergency Guidebook at nupd.northeastern.edu/guide and also the additional tips and services found on NUPD’s Website at nupd.northeastern.edu.
Remember to be safe, Huskies!
Northeastern University Police Department