Crime Alert Bulletin
Phishing and Online Extortion Scams
12/06/2016


Summary:  A number of people in the MIT community have been victims of two types of online scams in recent weeks. 

SCAM 1: PHISHING:  A phishing scam is when someone pretends to be assisting the victim.  The caller may say he/she is calling from some customer support entity, such as a cable/internet provider or bank/credit card company.  The victims in the MIT community thought they were speaking with representatives from Microsoft and the IRS.  The caller will ask for personal information such as a date of birth, social security number, account number, or username and passwords.  The caller will then either access account information or open new accounts in the victim’s name.  The caller will ask for personal information assuring the victim he/she is trying to protect them from a security breach.

SCAM 2: EXTORTION:  A scam that has been gaining attention recently involves the offender posing as a woman on a chat site, like Skype.  The offender convinces the victim to undress for the camera, records video of the interaction, and then threatens to post the video on YouTube and the Facebook pages of the victim’s family members.  The offender demands $500 or more to refrain from posting video footage.  The offender is often in another country beyond the reach of American law enforcement.

Suggestions:  In order to protect yourself and your belongings from online theft or extortion schemes the MIT Police encourage you to follow these tips:

  • NEVER give out personal information online or over the phone unless you are positive you are speaking to the company or entity you are expecting or you initiated the call
  • If you are talking to strangers online, they may not be who they say they are
  • If someone threatens you on the phone or online, hang up or end your session and contact the MIT Police at 617-253-1212
  • The MIT Police are investigating these crimes and request the assistance from the MIT community
  • Immediately notify the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 from any campus phone if you believe a crime is occurring, has occurred, or is about to occur
  • If you wish to leave an anonymous tip please call 617-258-TIPS (8-8477)

Issued by:
Sgt. Andrew Turco
617-253-1212

 

This bulletin was EDITED on 10/6/16 to provide updated information.

Crime Alert Notice
Assault and Battery
Issued: October 5, 2016

INCIDENT:
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at approximately 8:00 PM, a report was made to the MIT Police Department about person being assaulted outside of Maseeh Hall. 

SUMMARY:
The victim, who is a Graduate student, observed the suspect standing inside a window well of a basement apartment.  The victim questioned the suspect as to his MIT affiliation to which he stated he lived on the 5th floor, which was false. The suspect has no affiliation with MIT.  The victim told the suspect to get out of the window well. The suspect then approached the victim in a threatening manner.  When the victim told the suspect he was calling the police, the suspect grabbed the victim by the neck and threatened him.  The suspect then fled towards Boston via the Massachusetts Avenue bridge. The suspect was stopped by the MIT Police and is being summoned into court for assault and battery and witness intimidation. The suspect was not taken into custody because this crime is a misdemeanor under Massachusetts General Law and it must occur within our presence, which it did not.

SUSPECT:
The victim describes the suspect as follows: tall, male, wearing a white shirt with a dark tie, a red baseball cap, and carrying a black and blue backpack.

SUGGESTIONS:
• Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).
• Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate.
• See something, say something!
• Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.
• Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.
• Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking.

If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

MIT Police will increase patrols in the area.

Sgt. Andrew Turco
MIT Police Department
617-253-1212

UPDATE: There were a few inquiries from the members of the MIT community regarding the Assault and Battery bulletin issued yesterday that we’d like to expound on. The reason the bulletin was issued was to 1) make the MIT community aware that this unprovoked situation occurred on our campus. 2) The suspect was identified but the Massachusetts General Laws states the crime must occur in our [police] presence, which it did not.  Therefore, we [MIT Police] must apply for a complaint through the court system. 3) Where the suspect could not be taken into custody, he was still in the Cambridge-Boston area. 4) He was issued a trespass warning from the MIT campus. 5) A description was added because that is how the victim described the suspect and because the victim was able to provide a positive identification on the suspect, we felt it best to alert the community. We cannot release the name of the suspect as he/she is protected by the CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) law.

 

 

Crime Alert Bulletin
Burglary
September 22, 2016

Incident: The Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, which is located at 487 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, was burglarized on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 between the hours of 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM.  Items were stolen.

Summary: A resident of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity reported that in the late afternoon/early evening hours of September 21, 2016 an unknown person entered a third floor bedroom and stole a laptop, camera equipment, and an iPhone.  The value of the items stolen is approximately $7,000.00.

There are no suspects at this time.

Suggestions:  In order to protect yourself and your belongings from theft and/or facilitate the recovery of your stolen property, MIT Police encourage you to follow these tips:

• ALWAYS lock your doors and windows.
• If your residence has an alarm system, make sure it is utilized properly and kept in good working order.
• Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized or the victim of a theft.
• Be watchful: See Something = Say Something
• The MIT Police are investigating this crime and request the assistance from the MIT community.
• Please don’t prop doors open and report tailgaters.
• Immediately notify the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 from any campus phone if you believe a crime is occurring, has occurred, or is about to occur.
• If you wish to leave an anonymous tip please call 617-258-TIPS (8-8477)
• The MIT Police want to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city.
• If there are summer renters in your FSILG for the summer, please distribute this information to them.

Issued by:
Sgt. Andrew Turco
617-253-1212

 

Crime Alert Bulletin
Burglary
July 18, 2016

Incident: The Alpha Chi Omega sorority, which is located at 478 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, was burglarized on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at approximately 2:30 AM.  Items were stolen.

Summary: Residents of the Alpha Chi Omega report that an unknown male entered the residence sometime after 2:30 AM on July 17, 2016.  The suspect is described as a mixed-race, male, wearing glasses, who is around 6 feet tall.

It is unknown how the suspect entered the residence.  At this time the property reported missing from the residence includes a bicycle, a laptop, and checks.  There was no known direction of flight.

There were similar incidents at Boston FSILGs before the 4 of July.  It is unknown at this time whether those incidents were connected. 

Suspect: The suspect is described as a mixed-race, male, wearing glasses, who is around 6 feet tall.  The suspect was also wearing a bicycle helmet.

Suggestions:  In order to protect yourself and your belongings from theft and/or facilitate the recovery of your stolen property, MIT Police encourage you to follow these tips:
• ALWAYS lock your doors and windows. 
• If you residence has an alarm system, make sure it is utilized properly and kept in good working order.
• Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.
• Be watchful: See Something = Say Something
• The MIT Police are investigating this crime and request the assistance from the MIT community.
• Please don’t prop doors open and report tailgaters.
• Immediately notify the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 from any campus phone if you believe a crime is occurring, has occurred, or is about to occur.
• If you wish to leave an anonymous tip please call 617-258-TIPS (8-8477)
• The MIT Police want to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city.
• If there are summer renters in your FSILG for the summer, please distribute this information to them.

Issued by:

Sgt. Andrew Turco
617-253-1212

 

Crime Alert Bulletin Online Apartment Scams

Issued: April 25, 2016

The MIT Police want to alert you to an uptick of reports involving Craigslist apartment scams. Over the past week, several students have been scammed out of $4,000 or more! This scam is not unique to MIT it happens everywhere, and we don’t want you to fall victim to this callous scam.

This scam typically involves you looking for rental properties out of the area, and are told by the “landlord” via email that they are overseas or away and have to conduct the rental process remotely. Once the prospective tenant fills out a rental application, scammers will request deposit money to be wired to another state or country immediately. Once that money is gone, it’s gone for good.

SUGGESTIONS: Here are some helpful tips for spotting and avoiding apartment scams:

  • Ask to see the potential landlord’s ID – record all the information you can from it. Use a browser to search for the landlord’s name. Be sure to add quotes around their name. You can add the words “fraud” or “scam” at the end of your search terms.
  • Visit Craigslist Avoiding Scams www.craigslist.org/about/scams?lang=en&cc=us
  • Use reverse directory look up if the person has given you their telephone number. It’s important to double check that they are who they say they are.
  • If they don’t ask for an application or permission to check your credit, it is a red flag!
  • Research the average rental rates in that area and be suspicious if the rate is significantly lower.
  • Be suspicious if you’re asked to use a wire transfer service.
  • Do not provide copies of personal information, like driver’s license, social security, bank account, or credit card numbers.
  • Monitor your credit reports for free. Federal law requires each of the three major credit reporting agencies to give you a free credit report-at your request-each year. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com – the only authorized website for free credit reports.
  • Consider additional methods for obtaining a rental, i.e. real estate agent, going through a rental agency, etc.

If you believe you have been a victim of an online apartment scam, please notify the MIT Police at 617-253-1212; W89, 301 Vassar Street.

 

 

Crime Alert Bulletin  Armed Robbery

Issued: April 24, 2016

INCIDENT: Report of an armed robbery that took place at approximately 1:30 AM Sunday, April 24, 2016 in the area of Brookline and Pacific Streets.  A male victim was approached by four or more juveniles on bikes who threatened the victim with a knife and demanded money.

SUMMARY: The victim, who is an MIT graduate student, stated he was walking near Brookline and Pacific Streets, when a group of youths on bikes approached the victim and demanded cash and his possessions.  The victim reports being struck on his head and the robbers then took his iPhone and wallet.

DESCRIPTION: Suspects described by the victim as all wearing dark clothing with hoodies.

The MIT Police are working closely with the Cambridge Police on the recent reports of robberies in the Cambrdidgeport and The Port neighborhoods.

Cambridge Police are actively investigating these incidents and ask anyone with information to call Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300.   Those who wish to submit tips anonymously via phone, e-mail, text message or the Cambridge MyPD App, should visit www.CambridgePolice.org/Tips.

To avoid being victimized, MIT and Cambridge Police encourage all persons to take the following precautions when walking at night:

  • Do not wear earbuds, headphones, or listen to music while walking alone.
  • Always walk with a friend or in a group when possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts.
  • Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up and observe your surroundings.  Don't look down at the ground.
  • If you feel you are being followed, show you are suspicious – Turn to look at the person. This sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.
  • Change directions.  If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person following you is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
  • If approached, DO NOT RESIST.  The best course of action is to hand over money and whatever other belongings are demanded and try to disengage from this confrontational and potentially dangerous situation as soon as possible. Remember, things can always be replaced.
  • Try to remember descriptive information about the robber (height, age, race, etc.) to report to the police when reporting the incident.

More safety tips are available on the Cambridge Police Department’s website at www.CambridgePolice.org/SafetyTips.


·         If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212 or utilize the Blue Light Emergency phones. Know the locations of the emergency phone in case your phone is stolen!

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions.

 

Crime Alert Bulletin

Armed Robbery

Issued: April 19, 2016

INCIDENT: This morning Cambridge Police notified the MIT Police of an armed robbery that took place at approximately 1:15 AM in front of 22 Windsor Street.  A male victim was approached by two juveniles on bikes who threatened the victim and demanded money.

SUMMARY: The victim, who is an MIT graduate student, stated he was walking near the Novartis building on Windsor Street, when two youths on bikes asked him for a couple bucks.  They victim refused and one of the youths stated, “I’m not afraid to shoot you so give me what you have.”  The perpetrators took approximately $60.00 and then fled in towards Main Street.

DESCRIPTION: Suspect 1 was a black male, between 5’6” and 5’8” in height, and in his mid-teens.  He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, a dark bandana over his face and white basketball sneakers with dark accents.  Suspect 2 was also a black male in his mid-teens and also work a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.

SUGGESTIONS:

·         Be aware of your surroundings at all times and avoid distracting activities (using headphones, reading a book, using a smartphone/cellphone)

·         There is safety in numbers so please walk with others when possible.  If you have to travel alone utilize SafeRide or public transportation.

·         If you See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 in an EMERGENCY from any Institute phone. All 911 phone calls from cell phones go to the MA State Police in Framingham, Massachusetts, who then transfer the calls to the Cambridge Police.

·         Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus.  They will connect directly with the MIT Police.  Utilize them in case of an emergency.

·         Walk with a confidence and trust your instincts.

·         If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon or demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

·         If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions.

Sergeant Andrew Turco

MIT Police Department
301 Vassar Street (W89)
Cambridge, MA

P: 617-253-1212

 

Crime Alert Bulletin

Indecent Sexual Assault

Issued: April 1, 2016

INCIDENT: Brookline Police Officers responded to the area of Saint Paul Street and Dummer Street on Brookline, MA late on Thursday evening for a report of a sexual assault. Units arrived and assisted the victim, who stated Wednesday at approximately 0145hrs, while walking home from a local establishment on Commonwealth Avenue, she was approached by a male suspect at the front door of her residence on St. Paul Street.  The victim did not see where the individual came from or notice him following her. The suspect initiated conversation, but the victim informed the suspect to leave her alone. The suspect did not comply, and the victim, while trying to gain entry into the vestibule of her building, was grabbed and indecently assaulted by the suspect. The victim was able to break free and fled to her apartment, suffering minor injuries.

DESCRIPTION: Suspect is described as a light-skinned male in his mid 20's to 30's, with dark colored hair and facial hair. Suspect is between 5'9-5'10, unknown weight, unknown clothing, and had no other distinct characteristics.  Victim had never seen suspect before, and was unable to determine direction of flight.

SUGGESTIONS

·         There is safety in numbers, so walk with others when possible.
·         Let your friends know when you are leaving and arriving at your destination at the end of the night.
·         Utilize SafeRide or public transportation.
·         Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
·         Do not be a distracted walker. Avoid using headphones or being consumed with your cell phone.
·         Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. We are ready to respond to your calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
·         Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.

·         If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police, at 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS).

Sgt. Andrew J. Turco
617-253-1212
 

 

Crime Alert Bulletin

Breaking & Entering in the Daytime for a Felony

March 22, 2016

Incident: The resident of an upper level apartment in building W85 (540 Memorial Drive, Cambridge) returned home to find an unknown male in her living room going through a bureau drawer.  The incident occurred at approximately 11:45 AM on March 22, 2016.  Suspect fled upon being confronted by resident.  No items have been reported stolen.

Summary: A resident returned to her apartment and encountered an unknown male in her living room going through the drawer of a bureau.  The resident asked the man why he was in her unit and he stated he was there to fix the alarm.  When she stated she had not received any notice of any work in her unit, the male quickly exited and went down the stairs.  The resident was unsure whether the front door had been locked.

Officers responded to the building and canvassed the area.  At this time there is a person of interest that the MIT Police are seeking your assistance in identifying and questioning this person.  Please see the attached photos

Suspect: The victim describes the suspect as follows: male, African-American wearing a blue jacket and a backpack.


Suggestions:  In order to protect yourself and your belongings from theft and/or facilitate the recovery of your stolen property, MIT Police encourage you to follow these tips:
- ALWAYS lock your doors and windows.
- Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.
- Be watchful: See Something = Say Something

The MIT and Cambridge Police are investigating this crime and request the assistance from the MIT community. Please don’t prop doors open and report tailgaters.  If you see something, say something. Call MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 from any campus phone.

If you wish to leave an anonymous tip please call 617-258-TIPS (8-8477)

The MIT Police want to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Please review MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, 2015  for further Streetwise suggestions.


Issued by:
Sgt. Andrew Turco 
617-253-1212

Suspect Picture 1
Suspect Picture 2

 

CRIME ALERT: Disorderly Conduct/Peeping Tom

Occurred: February 17, 2016 at approximately 7:30 PM

Location: Building 16, women’s restroom

Details:

The MIT Police Department is investigating a report of an individual who attempted to photograph a female party while she was in a bathroom stall in building 16.  On February 17, 2016 at approximately 7:30 PM, the MIT Police Department responded to a call concerning an unknown party taking a photograph of a person in a bathroom stall in building 16.  When the reporting party checked the bathroom, the suspect had already fled.  The responding officers did not encounter anyone in the area.  At this time it is unclear if the suspect is a male or female.

Police Response:

The MIT Police Department is providing extra checks of building 16.  The MIT Police Detectives are also investigating the incident.

Description:

There is no suspect description at this time.

Safety Information:

Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to follow these safety tips to decrease their potential for becoming a victim:

·       Stay alert - call the police immediately to report suspicious activity.

·       Trust your instincts - if it does not feel right, call for help.

·       If you observe a person or situation that doesn’t appear to be normal, do not approach the subject and immediately call 617-253-1212 (or extension 100 from any campus phone).

Additional Information:

·       There is safety in numbers.

·       Be aware of your surroundings.

·       Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212). Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.

·       Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 in an EMERGENCY from any Institute phone. All 911 phone calls from cell phones go to the MA State Police in Framingham, MA, who then transfer the call to the Cambridge Police.

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police at 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police Department wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide.

Sgt. Andrew Turco
MIT Police Department
301 Vassar Street (W89)
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-253-1212

 

Dear MIT Community,

This fall we have seen an unprecedented increase in the amount of people using wheeled devices inside buildings in particular in the basement of academic buildings. The MIT Police would like to take this opportunity to remind our students and staff members that the operation of bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, Segways or any other form of wheeled transportation, except medical devices, in Institute buildings or parking structures is prohibited. A fine of $25.00 will be imposed to those found in violation of this Institute policy: http://police.mit.edu/bicycle-safety-information.

Also be reminded that bicycles found illegally parked or attached to stairwells, handrails, HP Ramps, light posts or fire chains, will be removed by MIT Parking and Transportation. In order to obtain the release of your bicycle, you will have to go to the Parking and Transportation office in the basement of the Student Center and pay a fine of $50 to retrieve your bicycle. MIT is not responsible for damage to your bicycle or lock.

KNOW THE RULES
It is the responsibility of all individuals operating bicycles and non-pedestrian devices on campus to make themselves familiar with MIT regulations. A lack of knowledge will not be accepted as grounds for dismissal of citations or enforcement actions.

REGISTER YOUR BIKE
Protect your investment by registering your bike. MIT recommends that all bikes be registered. 
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/bicycle_reg.html

Additional information is available on the MIT Police website: http://police.mit.edu/bicycle-safety-information


MIT Police
W89
301 Vassar Street, Cambridge MA
617-253-1212  
 

UPDATE: Dorchester Resident Summonsed for Kendall Square Indecent Assault and Battery

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., August 4, 2015 – A 29-year-old Dorchester man will be summonsed to court for Indecent Assault and Battery following an investigation by the Cambridge Police Department of an incident that took place in Kendall Square Saturday morning. The suspect will appear in Cambridge District Court on a date-to-be-determined.

“In addition to the good work of our detectives, patrol officers and the MIT Police, the Cambridge Police would like to thank the citizens and the media for their assistance in helping us identify this suspect,” said Deputy Superintendent Steven DeMarco. “We received a number of useful tips, which assisted in expediting our investigation.”

CITIZEN ALERT: Cambridge Police Alert, Indecent Assault and Battery in Kendall Square


August 1, 2015 – The Cambridge Police Department is asking residents to be vigilant after a female reported that she was touched inappropriately by a black male after exiting the Kendall Square train station.

At approximately 7:20 AM a female reported that after exiting the Kendall Square train station, she was approached by a black male, after a brief conversation the black male grabbed the woman’s buttocks. The female yelled then punched the suspect in the face. This seemed to startle the male who then walked away.

The B/M is described as medium build with dreadlocks, wearing a red shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300. Anonymous tips may also be sent via text message to TIP411 (847411). Begin your text with TIP650 and then type your message.
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To avoid being victimized, Cambridge Police encourage women to take the following precautions when walking anytime of day::
 Do not wear earbuds, headphones, or listen to music while walking alone.
 Always walk with a friend or in a group when possible.
 Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts.
 Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up and observe your surroundings. Don't look down at the ground.
 If you feel you are being followed, show you are suspicious – Turn to look at the person. This sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.
 Change directions. If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person following you is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
 Try to remember descriptive information about the suspect(height, age, race, etc.) to relay to police when reporting the incident.

More safety tips are available on the Cambridge Police Department’s website at www.CambridgePolice.org/SafetyTips.

Breaking and Entering
August 3, 2015

Incident: MIT Senior House, 70 Amherst Street, was the location of a breaking and entering.  The break occurred on the second floor of the building at around 12:00 AM on Monday, August 3, 2015.

Summary:  An unknown suspect broke a second floor window of Senior House and gained access to the building.  Dorm patrol discovered the broken glass and called after the intruder.  The intruder fled the area toward Ames Street.  MIT Police and the Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit responded.  A search of the building confirmed that intruder had left the area.

Suspect: There is no suspect description at this time and the investigation is ongoing.  Evidence found at the scene could indicate the perpetrator has a recent, large laceration.  Other items found at the scene include a camouflage backpack, a field shovel, a canteen, and dirty clothing.

Suggestions:  In order to protect yourself and your belongings from theft and/or facilitate the recovery of your stolen property, MIT Police encourage you to follow these tips:
- ALWAYS lock your doors and windows.
- Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.
- Be watchful: See Something = Say Something

The MIT Police are investigating this crime and request the assistance from the MIT community. Please don’t prop doors open, report tailgaters, and if you see something, say something! Call MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 from any campus phone.

If you wish to leave an anonymous tip please call 617-258-TIPS (8-8477)

The MIT Police want to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, 2014 for further Streetwise suggestions.


Issued by:

Sergeant Andrew J. Turco
Crime Prevention
MIT Police Department
301 Vassar Street (W89)
Cambridge, MA 02139

P:  617-253-9755
E:  aturco@mit.edu

UPDATED CITIZEN ALERT:
Police Arrest Suspects Connected to a Series of Armed Street Robberies

Cambridge, Lawrence, Brookline and Boston, Mass. -- July 4, 2015 – Two men and two juveniles were arrested in Lawrence following a series of armed robberies that took place in Cambridge, Brookline, Boston, and Lawrence on Friday morning.

Michael Ellis, 20, 99 Broadway in Haverhill; King Sheman, 19, 33 Story Avenue in Newburyport; and two male juveniles out of Newburyport and Amesbury were arrested by the Lawrence Police Department on Friday morning after the suspects pistol whipped and robbed a victim in Lawrence of their phone and wallet.  The suspect’s vehicle – a black Volkswagen – and two weapons – a black and silver BB gun – were recovered.  Shortly thereafter, detectives from the Cambridge Police Department, Boston Police Department and Brookline Police Department responded to the Lawrence Police Department to interview the suspects and review the recovered evidence since they matched the descriptions provided by each of the victims in the respective cities. Initial property recovered included belongings from the Cambridge victims.

Due to the preliminary investigation and property recovered, the departments are highly confident that these suspects were involved in the armed robberies that took place throughout the four cities Friday morning. Cambridge, Boston and Brookline anticipate formally charging the suspects following the completion of their investigation.

Anyone with information related to these incidents are asked to contact their local police department.

 

Cambridge Police Share Information on Pair of Armed Street Robberies in Riverside Neighborhood
The Cambridge Police Department is asking residents to be vigilant as they investigate two separate armed robbery incidents that took place early this morning in the Riverside neighborhood. 

At approximately 2:30 a.m., two roommates walking home to their Putnam Avenue residence from the Central Square area were robbed at gunpoint. The victims observed a dark colored sedan traveling in the wrong direction on Franklin Street towards Putnam Avenue in their direction. When the vehicle was in close vicinity to the victims, two male suspects jumped out of the vehicle, pointed a small, dark handgun at them, and grabbed their purses and a cell phone. They then fled in the vehicle, which they described as driven by a third suspect and traveling in an unknown direction. 

Approximately 30 minutes later, a student reported to the Harvard University Police Department that he was robbed at gunpoint while walking down Arrow Street towards Bow Street.  Cambridge Police also responded and the victim stated a dark colored sedan stopped and two males jumped out of the car and struck him in the face with what he believed to be a handgun and the head with an unknown object.  The offenders ordered him to the ground.  While on the ground, the offenders removed his headphones, money, and other personal items.  The suspects then drove off with another suspect in an unknown direction. The victim suffered minor injuries, but refused medical treatment.

The suspects are described as black males, possibly in their 20s, wearing dark-colored clothing and hoodies, and in possession of black or silver handguns.

Cambridge Police are actively investigating these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300.   Those who wish to submit tips anonymously via phone, email, and text message, should visit www.CambridgePolice.org/Tips.

To avoid being victimized, Cambridge Police encourage all persons to take the following precautions when walking at night:
Do not wear earbuds, headphones, or listen to music while walking alone.
Always walk with a friend or in a group when possible.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts.
Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up and observe your surroundings.  Don't look down at the ground.
If you feel you are being followed, show you are suspicious – Turn to look at the person. This sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.
Change directions.  If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person following you is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
If approached, DO NOT RESIST.  The best course of action is to hand over money and whatever other belongings are demanded and try to disengage from this confrontational and potentially dangerous situation as soon as possible. Remember, things can always be replaced.
Try to remember descriptive information about the robber (height, age, race, etc.) to relay to police when reporting any potential incidents.
Please call the police immediately to report an incident.
Do not handle any property that may be potential evidence. Allow the police to retrieve evidence.
More safety tips are available on the Cambridge Police Department’s website at http://www.CambridgePolice.org/SafetyTips.
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The Cambridge Police Department is committed to the enforcement of laws and preservation of order that protect the rights and property of every person within the City of Cambridge. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of police service and to impact crime, and its associated elements, through the utilization of new and proven crime prevention strategies and problem-solving partnerships with our community.  For more information, follow @CambridgePolice on Twitter, or access the department’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CambridgePolice.

 

Crime Alert Bulletin

Unarmed Robbery

Issued: June 18, 2015

INCIDENT: On Thursday, June 18, 2015 at approximately 3:00 a.m. a male student reported that when he was entering a dormitory on Albany St. he was approached by two males who used a ruse of asking for directions.

SUMMARY: The victim stated that he began to run when approached and was caught by the suspects, who then told him to “drop it”,  referring to his wallet which he had in his hand. They grabbed his wallet and fled towards Pacific St. turning right onto Landsdown St.

DESCRIPTION: The victim described the suspects as follows: (1) male,  light skinned black, curly hair, early twenties, approximately 5’8”, about 180 pounds and wearing a white hoodie. (2) male, dark complexion, approx.. 5’8”, wearing a red hoodie.

SUGGESTIONS:

Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not be a distracted walker – do not use headphones, be consumed with using your cellphone or other electronic device, or even walking while reading a book.

There is safety in numbers. Please walk with others, utilize safe ride or public transportation.

Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212). Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

Trust your instincts. Walk with a confidence – a don’t mess with me attitude!
If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon or demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 in an EMERGENCY from any Institute phone. All 911 phone calls from cell phones go to the MA State Police in Framingham, MA who then transfer the call to the Cambridge Police.

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide.

Captain Cheryl Vossmer

MIT Police
617-253-1212

 

Crime Alert Bulletin

Indecent Sexual Assault

Issued: June 15, 2015

INCIDENT: On Monday, June 15 at approximately 5:00 a.m. a female student reported she was the victim of an indecent sexual assault. The victim reports meeting a male at a religious location outside of Harvard Square, in the Longfellow Park area, and walked back to an MIT residence hall.

SUMMARY: The victim met the suspect at Sunday church service and began talking with him. He asked her out to lunch and she declined. They continued talking while walking back to campus, the suspect touched hugged, kissed and fondled  her. The survivor had told the suspect that it is not okay to touch her. The suspect is believed to not have any affiliation with MIT, and might be living out of his vehicle in the Harvard Sq. area.

DESCRIPTION: The victim describes the suspect as follows: white male, approximately 25 years of age, approximately 5’7”, a close cropped beard, has a mole or birthmark on his left side of his nose and wearing eye glasses. The suspect stated he was a Navy veteran, and wore a distinctive ring on his right hand. He was wearing a blue suit with a white shirt and suspenders.

SUGGESTIONS
There is safety in numbers. Please walk with others, utilize safe ride or public transportation.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not be a distracted walker – do not use headphones, be consumed with using your cellphone or other electronic device, or even walking and reading a book.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a confidence.
If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 in an EMERGENCY from any Institute phone. All 911 phone calls from cell phones go to the MA State Police in Framingham, MA who then transfer the call to the Cambridge Police.

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide.

Captain Cheryl Vossmer

MIT Police
617-253-1212

 

Citizen Alert: Cambridge Police Department Investigating Assault & Robbery

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. February 23, 2015 – The Cambridge Police Department and MIT Police Department want residents and students to be aware of an aggravated assault and unarmed robbery that took place on Saturday, February 21 at approximately 9:52 p.m.

A 29-year-old Cambridge resident reported to the Cambridge Police Department that he was the victim of an assault while walking on Main Street – in the 700th block – towards Boston. He reports he was approached from the backside by an unknown, black male wearing a black knit-style cap. The victim explained that the suspect asked, “Can I have a dollar?” The victim continued to walk and did not answer the suspect. The victim was then assaulted, pushed to the ground and shoved into a snow bank. The suspect was accompanied by another male, who struck the victim’s head, face and body. The victim handed the suspects $25 and his cell phone. The suspects fled on foot and the victim was treated and transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

“Based on the victim’s accounts, this appears to be a crime of opportunity,” stated Deputy Superintendent Paul Ames. “At night, in particular, we encourage anyone walking alone to be aware of their surroundings and do not resist if you are approached.”
To avoid being victimized, Cambridge Police suggest that individuals take the following precautions when walking at night:

 

  • Do not wear earbuds, headphones, or listen to music while walking alone.
  • Always walk with a friend or in a group when possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts.
  • Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up and observe your surroundings.  Don't look down at the ground.
  • If you feel you are being followed, show you are suspicious – Turn to look at the person. This sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.
  • Change directions.  If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person following you is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
  • If approached, DO NOT RESIST.  The best course of action is to hand over money and whatever other belongings are demanded and try to disengage from this confrontational and potentially dangerous situation as soon as possible. Remember, things can always be replaced.
  • Try to remember descriptive information about the robber (height, age, race, etc.) to relay to police when reporting the incident.

More safety tips are available on the Cambridge Police Department’s website at www.CambridgePolice.org/SafetyTips.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Cambridge Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 617-349-3370. Those who wish to submit tips anonymously via phone, e-mail, and/or text message, should visit www.CambridgePolice.org/Tips.
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The Cambridge Police Department is committed to the enforcement of laws and preservation of order that protect the rights and property of every person within the City of Cambridge. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of police service and to impact crime, and its associated elements, through the utilization of new and proven crime prevention strategies and problem-solving partnerships with our community.  For more information, follow @CambridgePolice on Twitter, or access the department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CambridgePolice.

 

COMMUNITY BULLETIN

DCR just advised us that they will be tagging and towing any vehicles on Memorial Drive today, Wednesday, Feb. 11 for snow removal. If your vehicle is towed please contact the MA State Police, 617-727-6780.

MIT Police
W89
301 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA

Crime Alert Bulletin

Burglary
October 27, 2014

Incident:
SPE fraternity at 518 Beacon Street was entered from a second floor window, accessed from the fire escape, and items stolen. Incident occurred at approximately 4:30 am, Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Summary: An unknown suspect opened a unlocked window off the fire escape who then entered and stole several laptops, a cellphone and money. A fraternity brother had been studying  in the common area of the second floor, and left the area for approximately 15 minutes. Upon returning felt a cold breeze from the window, and then noticed a male standing in the room. The suspect fled the fraternity towards Beacon Street.

Suspect: The victim describes the suspect as follows: male, very darks skinned black, 5’8” to 5’10”, approximately 150 – 180 pounds, wearing a black leather jacket with fur collar and dark pants.

Suggestions:  In order to protect yourself and your belongings from theft and/or facilitate the recovery of your stolen property, MIT Police encourage you to follow these tips:
- ALWAYS lock your doors and windows.
- Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.
- Be watchful: See Something = Say Something

The MIT and Boston Police are investigating this crime and request the assistance from the MIT community. Please don’t prop doors open, report tailgaters, see something – say something! Call MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 from any campus phone.

If you wish to leave an anonymous tip please call 617-258-TIPS (8-8477)

The MIT Police want to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, 2014 for further Streetwise suggestions


Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
617-253-1212

 

Crime Alert Bulletin

October 20, 2014

Incident:
At approximately 1:20 a.m. shots were fired in the area of 265 Massachusetts Ave.

Summary: MIT Police were monitoring the Cambridge Police radio and heard a call for vehicles shooting at each other in the area of 265 Mass. Ave., the MIT Museum. The vehicles in question had fled and damage was sustained to the windows of the MIT Museum.

Suspect: The description of four possible vehicles involved are as follows: a white sedan, a black Maxima and two SUV type vehicles. This is an active investigation and no additional information is available at this time.

Suggestions:
*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the Cambridge Police at 617-349-3390 or the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide. Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2014 MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, 2014 for further Streetwise suggestions

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police
617-253-1212

  

INFORMATIONAL BULLETIN

Issued: July 28, 2014

INCIDENT: On Monday, July 28, 2014 at approximately 12:40 a.m. a female reports while walking in the area of Massachusetts Ave. and Sidney St., a male rolled his basketball towards her and stated “Give me all your money or I’ll shoot you.”

SUMMARY: The victim reports the suspect then laughed,  picked up his basketball, and walked away. She did not give him any money and no weapon was shown.  A search of the area by MIT and Cambridge Police officers were unable to locate anyone matching that description.

DESCRIPTION: The victim describes the suspect as follows: white male, intoxicated, long darks hair, long dark goatee, not wearing a shirt, khaki colored shorts, black sneakers and carrying a basketball.

SUGGESTIONS
There is safety in numbers. Please walk with others, utilize safe ride or public transportation.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not be a distracted walker – do not use headphones, be consumed with using your cellphone or other electronic device, or even walking and reading a book.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a confidence.
If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 in an EMERGENCY from any Institute phone. All 911 phone calls from cell phones go to the MA State Police in Framingham, MA who then transfer the call to the Cambridge Police.

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the Cambridge Police at 617-349-3390 or the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer   MIT Police
617-253-1212

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MIT Police Crime Alert  Bulletin   

Issued: February 24, 2014

INCIDENT
On Monday, February 24, 2014 an MIT student was the victim of a telephone scam stating her brother was involved in a motor vehicle accident and that they wanted $2,000 for their nephew who was injured in the accident or they would kill her brother. The victim believed the caller and followed instructions, purchasing a large amount of prepaid phone cards.

SUMMARY
The victim states when her cell phone rang, she answered it and a male caller stated he had her brother and if she didn't help them they would "kill" her brother. NOTE: her brother is fine when he was reached later.

SUSPECT
There are no suspects at this time.

SUGGESTIONS
Be sure you know who is calling you before you answer a call.

Don't give information to strangers. Hang up and call your relative who is in danger, call other family members, but don't give information to total strangers.

Limit the amount of information you post on social media.

Persons who may have received such a call in the recent past are asked to call their local police to file a report. Anyone who receives such a call in the future should call MIT Police at 617-253-1212 if you're on campus, or 911 immediately if off campus.

According to the FTC

Everyone's a potential target. Fraud isn't limited to race, ethnic back­ground, gender, age, education, or income.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams
Scammers now instead of wiring money,  are telling people to use GreenDot, buy a prepaid gift card, or use PayPal to pay them. It lets them get your money in a way that doesn’t let you ever get it back. And that call that looked like the right number? Scammers can use computers to make it look like they’re calling from one place – when, really, they’re someplace else.

So, if you ever get a call saying you need to pay someone via PayPal, or buy a GreenDot card or a gift card: Stop. Chances are, that’s a scam. Call your utility company – for example – on a number you know to be correct. (Check your bill – it will list one.) Tell them what happened and see what they say. And then report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission: 1-877-FTC-HELP, so we can try to shut them down.

 

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley warned of the "Kidnap Scam" in January 23, 2014 and states: "If a loved on is in danger, police can help," Conley said. "In almost every case like this that we've seen, the danger is imaginary-but the financial losses are very real and can't be recovered." http://www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/press-office/press-releases/press-releases-2014/da-conley-warns-of-kidnap-scam/



Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police
617-253-1212

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MIT Police Crime Alert Bulletin

Breaking and Entering
Issued: February 13, 2014

Incident:
Between February 11 and 12 there have been three reports of thefts from residents’ rooms in Burton Connor. The rooms were closed but unlocked, which is burglary. These incidents happened between 4:00 am and11:00 am, and as late as 5:00 pm.There were 4 additional reports of theft from Mac Gregor and New House which occurred in January and have now been classified as burglary through investigation.

Summary: The victims all state their doors were closed but unlocked. Laptop computers, i-Pad, perfume, checkbooks, and a brass rat were reported stolen.

Suspect: There are no descriptions of suspects.

Suggestions:
In order to protect yourself and your belongings from theft and/or facilitate the recovery of your stolen property, MIT Police encourage you to follow these tips:
- ALWAYS lock your doors and windows.
- Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.

- Be watchful: See Something = Say Something

The MIT Police are investigating these crimes and request the assistance from the MIT community. Please don’t prop doors open, report tailgaters, see something – say something! Call MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 from any campus phone.

If you wish to leave an anonymous tip please call 617-258-TIPS (8-8477)

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police
617-253-1212

 

 

 

MIT Police Crime Alert Bulletin

Lewd Behavior

Issued: July 2, 2013

INCIDENT: On Tuesday, July 02, 2013 at approximately 1:10 a.m., a female reports she was the victim of lewd and lascivious behavior, while sitting in the grass along the Charles River in the area across from Burton-Conner.

SUMMARY: The female reports that she was approached by a male who asked her if she’d like a ride, which she declined. She then observed him with his pants down to his knees and inappropriately fondling himself. He walked away in the direction of the BU Bridge.

SUSPECT: The victim describes the subject as follows: Asian male, between 20 and late 30ies, approximately 5’8”; wearing a “newsboy type” cap, dark polo type shirt, and khaki pants.

SUGGESTIONS
There is safety in numbers.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a confidence.
If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 in an EMERGENCY from any Institute phone. All 911 phone calls from cell phones go to the MA State Police in Framingham, MA who then transfer the call to the Cambridge Police.

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the Cambridge Police at 617-349-3390 or the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer MIT Police
617-253-1212

MIT Police Crime Alert Bulletin

Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime
Issued: June 6, 2013

UPDATE: Issue resolved. A resident from next door to C-2 westgate came into the station today and advised special services that he entered the C-2 residence in error.

Incident:
On Thursday, June 6 at approximately 12:25 a.m., a resident of Westgate Low Rise, states that a male entered his apartment through an unlocked exterior balcony door.

Summary: The victim said the suspect entered the room, saw the resident then fled back out through the balcony door. The resident had left the balcony door to the apartment on the second floor unlocked. No one was hurt and nothing was taken. A thorough search of the area by MIT Police was unsuccessful in locating the suspect.

Suspect: The victim describes the suspect as follows: male, white, approximately 6’2” or taller, between 20 – 30 years of age, wearing white shorts and a gray or white shirt. No further description provided.

Suggestions:
In order to protect yourself and your belongings from housebreaks, MIT and Cambridge Police encourage you to follow these tips:

- Try “casing” your own home, at night and during the day. Attempt to gain access to your home when the doors and windows are locked and “secure.” Be sure you have identifi
cation on you in case someone notifies the police to prove you live there.
- ALWAYS lock your doors and windows. Doors should be made from strong wood or metal and should be locked with a deadbolt. Install guards on windows that prevent them from being raised more than a few inches.
- Leave a light on (perhaps on a timer) when you go away, even for the evening. Leave a television or radio on as well. NEVER prop open the door or let someone in behind you if you live in an apartment building. If the building has a main entryway, make sure that security is enforced at the main door.
- Be vigilant. If you suspect suspicious activity around your home, your neighbors’ homes, or in your neighborhood, please report it to the police immediately by calling 617-253-1212 for the MIT Police or 617-349-3300 for Cambridge Police.
- Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.
- Be watchful neighbors and community members: See Something = Say Something

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police
617-253-1212

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE
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Cambridge Police Advisory
Issued: January 23nd, 2013

ADVISORY: Cambridge Police Share Street Robbery Information

ARRESTS MADE, TIPS SHARED.


1/22/2013

Cambridge Police are asking residents to be vigilant in light of recent street robberies across the city and the region.

While several arrests have been made, two recent street robberies in Cambridge involved a male suspect approaching a female from behind and holding an object, possibly a knife, to the victims’ neck and demanding money.

One of these incidents occurred on January 10th on First St. at Athenaeum St. and another on January 21st on Allston St. at Kenwood St. Both victims were walking alone in the dark between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

While it is unknown at this time if these two robberies are related, Cambridge Police would like to remind residents that if approached and asked for your belongings, do not resist – your belongings can be replaced it is not worth risking physical harm to protect them.

Police also ask residents to take the following precautions when walking at night:

- Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts.

- Always walk with a friend or in a group when possible.

- Walk with confidence. Keep your head up to observe your surroundings and don't look down at the ground.

- If you feel you are being followed, show you are suspicious – turn to look at the person. It sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.

- Do not wear ear buds, headphones, or listen to music when walking alone.

- If someone is following you, cross the street and vary your pace.

More safety tips are available via the Cambridge Police Department website at www.CambridgePolice.org/SafetyTips.

Anyone with information about these crimes or possible suspects is asked to call the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300.

Anonymous tips may also be submitted via the Cambridge Police MyPD App or by visiting www.CambridgePolice.org/Tips.

http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpd/newsandalerts/Archives/2013/01/advisorystreetrobberies.aspx

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE
MIT Police


Informational Bulletin
Issued: January 22nd, 2013

Rental Scam
The MIT Police have been made aware of recent incidents incurred by students who are subleasing apartments at MIT Graduate dormitories. In this scam, the potential renter would send a check to the student for a significantly larger amount over what the advertised amount was and request the overpayment be sent back to the potential renter. In some cases the scammer, or potential renter, may tell the student to keep the extra money for the inconvenience. Unfortunately the check does not have the funds to cover it and is now fraudulent resulting in the sublicensor/student to be out of the entire amount of the original check. https://www.wellsfargo.com/privacy_security/fraud/operate/scams

According to Wells Fargo
Tips:
If you are selling an item or renting property, never accept a check for more than the purchase or rental amount. Scammers can make fraudulent cashier’s checks look authentic and rely upon unsuspecting sellers to trust that a cashier’s check must be legitimate. You can contact the bank on which a cashier’s check is drawn to verify its legitimacy or ask your own bank to help you.

The Cambridge Police site has the following crime prevention tip:
http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpd/communityresources/CrimePrevention/craigslistscams.aspx

CraigsList Rental Scams
Are you in the market for a new place to live and dealing with a realtor seems to be out of the question? Where do you turn? A lot of people think that Craigslist holds many great opportunities for low cost rental properties.

But before you begin your search or sign on the dotted line, be aware that there are many unscrupulous people using Craigslist, posing as rental agents, just to get your personal and financial information.

The number of fake rental scams on Craigslist and other online classifieds continues to grow, with new aliases appearing daily. But while the names may change, the methods are always the same. Don’t believe these ads appear only on Craigslist. They could show up anywhere!

These thieves, mainly based in Nigeria, the U.K. and the U.S., are out to steal your money and your identity. However, the scammers could be in your own back yard.

The Better Business Bureau advises to be on the lookout for the following for avoiding Craigslist apartment rental scams:

- The email addresses they use usually are from yahoo, ymail, rocketmail, fastermail, live, hotmail and gmail, and they also post ads under anonymous craigslist addresses.
- They frequently change their aliases.
- The deal sounds too good to be true. Scammers will often list a rental for a very low price to lure in victims. Find out how comparable listings are priced, and if the rental comes in suspiciously low, walk away.
- They use photos stolen from other property advertisements or from home furnishing catalogues or hotel websites.
- They use fake names, often stolen from Facebook profiles or networking sites. Often they assume the identities of previous victims.
- What they all have in common is that sooner or later you get a request to transfer funds via Western Union, Moneygram or some other wire service.
- Never under any circumstances, wire money at the request of any prospective “landlord” via Western Union, Money Gram or any other wire service. Even if they tell you to wire the funds to a friend or relative’s name “to be safe,” it’s a trap!
- Always check bbb.org to see if the “company” has any complaints.
- For more tips, visit the Better Business Bureau.

There are lots of resources available about scams. Please be aware of the potential for these types of get rich quick scams. Here are a few resources for you to utilize: http://housing.mit.edu/graduatefamily/sublicense_center

http://www.mass.gov/ago/consumer-resources/consumer-information/

http://www.ic3.gov/preventiontips.aspx

https://www.wellsfargo.com/privacy_security/fraud/operate/scams

If you have been the victim of a crime please notify the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or your local police department, if you do not live on campus.

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police 617-253-1212
301 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

A Few of My Favorite Things – A Holiday Crime Prevention Message
Issued: December 20, 2012
Sgt. Cheryl N Vossmer


Snowflakes on sidewalks and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper pipes and warm woolen mittens
Laptops and packages not tied up at all
These are a few of their favorite things

Cream colored cookies and warm empty classrooms
No doorbells or sleigh bells just some alarms to warn of the potential
Wild guys or gals that fly through the halls
Here to grab quite a few of their toys

Electronics galore no folks in the halls
No dogs to bite
Too cold for the bees
When you return you’ll feel sad if you don’t take a minute to
Simply remember your favorite things:
Lock the doors,
Secure the electronics,
Set the alarm
But most of all, report those suspicious folks lurking in the halls, the classrooms and simply remember the MIT Police are always here. You’re not alone on campus day or night.
Please call us at 617-253-1212, and let us know what you see that might not be right.

So before you leave for a long winter break, lock the doors, lock the windows, and oh by golly lock the file cabinets.

A Happy Holiday Season is wished to you all and to all a good night!

MIT Police
617-253-1212
Bldg. W89
301 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 6:16 PM
To: MIT Community
Subject: Anonymous Sexual Assault Bulletin

The MIT Police recently received three anonymous reports of alleged sexual assaults separately occurring in November, 2012, at 99 Bay State Road. Neither the alleged victims nor the alleged offenders were identified in the reports. There is no ongoing criminal investigation by MIT Police.
Rape Prevention and Awareness Education :

MIT is committed to educating the campus community in ways to prevent sexual assault. Throughout the academic year and during orientation, the Violence’s Prevention and Response Team at Community Wellness - MIT Medical, the Office of the Dean for Student Life, the MIT Police, and certain student organizations deliver educational programs to students, employees, and other members of the community. These sessions provide information on preventing sexual assault and rape, supporting friends who are survivors of sexual assault, security programs, residence hall and Institute-wide regulations and behavior standards, and an outline of the resources available to members of the MIT community.

For educational programs and information on preventing sexual assault and getting support for survivors, contact the Violence Prevention vpradvocate@med.mit.edu 617 253-2300, or for educational presentations, 3-1307. Additional resources include: http://medweb.mit.edu/wellness/programs/violence_prevention.html and http://sexualmisconduct.mit.edu/.


The MIT Police have specially trained male and female officers who investigate sexual assaults. During all interviews, the MIT Police will make every effort to offer female survivors an opportunity to have a female officer present, and male officers for male survivors. In addition, the MIT Police will help a survivor, who wishes to do so, make contact with:

- Local police
- The district attorney's office for criminal prosecution and legal
- Survivor assistance
- Anonymous sexual assault reporting

*SUGGESTIONS:* Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212). Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us. Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency. Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger. Please forward this notice to your colleagues and post it on appropriate bulletin boards in your area. See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2012 for further Streetwise suggestions.

Issued by: Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer

 

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Informational Bulletin
Issued: October 17th, 2012

The MIT Police are working in conjunction with other local police agencies regarding a woman who reported being sexually assaulted on the MIT campus. The incident was reported to other police agencies before being reported to the MIT Police on Monday, October 15. The reported assault occurred on October 14, 2012. The incident is being actively investigated by MIT Police.

Rape Prevention and Awareness Education :

MIT is committed to educating the campus community in ways to prevent sexual assault. Throughout the academic year and during orientation, the Violence’s Prevention and Response Team at Community Wellness - MIT Medical, the Office of the Dean for Student Life, the MIT Police, and certain student organizations deliver educational programs to students, employees, and other members of the community. These sessions provide information on preventing sexual assault and rape, supporting friends who are survivors of sexual assault, security programs, residence hall and Institute-wide regulations and behavior standards, and an outline of the resources available to members of the MIT community.

For educational programs and information on preventing sexual assault and getting support for survivors, contact the Community Wellness vpradvocate@med.mit.edu 617 253-2300, or for educational presentations 3-1307. http://medweb.mit.edu/wellness/programs/violence_prevention.html

The MIT Police have specially trained men and women officers who investigate sexual assaults. During all interviews, the MIT Police will make every effort to offer female survivors an opportunity to have a female officer present, and male officers for male survivors. In addition, the MIT Police will help a survivor, who wishes to do so, make contact with:

- Local police
- The district attorney's office for criminal prosecution and legal
- Survivor assistance
- Anonymous sexual assault reporting

*SUGGESTIONS:* Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212). Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us. Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency. Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger. Please forward this notice to your colleagues and post it on appropriate bulletin boards in your area. See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2012 http://web.mit.edu/cp/www/_docs/MIT-Police-security-report-2012.pdf for further Streetwise suggestions. Issued by: Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer

 

The below bulletin was issued on Friday, August 17 by Harvard University Police.

The MIT Police wish to advise our community to be aware of their surroundings in the city that we work, live and study in. See something say something!

Forwarded by:
Cheryl Vossmer, Sergeant
MIT Police
617-253-1212

Rape - Area of Oxford and Kirkland Streets
Posted on 08/17/2012 1:59 PM

On Friday, August 17, 2012, an unaffiliated female reported to the Somerville Police Department that she was the victim of a rape in the area of Oxford and Kirkland Streets near Harvard University on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, sometime after 11:00 PM. Harvard University Police Department detectives are working with Cambridge Police Department detectives to investigate this incident.

The victim described the offender as a white male, mid-twenties, 5’6” in height, thin build, dark spikey hair, wearing dark pants.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Harvard University Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 617-495-1796 or the Cambridge Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 617-349-3370.

The Harvard University Police Department has increased both uniformed and plainclothes officers and uniformed security guards in and around the Yard and the surrounding campus.

If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the Harvard University Police Department immediately at 617-495-1212. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to store this number in their cell phone. Failing to notify the police immediately can seriously hinder the follow-up investigation.

The Harvard University Police Department wants to remind students, faculty, and staff that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take appropriate precautions. If you are out after dark, try to travel in groups, use only well-lit routes or designated pathways, and do not allow yourself to be distracted by phone calls or by using ear buds. Make use of shuttle buses, and van service. You should also note the location of blue light phones. You can learn more about the shuttles and van service at http://www.uos.harvard.edu/transportation/passenger_transport_services/.

Students, faculty, and staff also may call the Harvard University Police Department at 617-495-1212 if they believe they are in danger while waiting for transportation due to the hour or circumstance. The Harvard University Police Department will assist with transportation whenever appropriate.

If you suspect you are being followed, stay away from dimly lit areas and head for a store or building that you know to be open. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable about someone near you, head for a populated area and call the Harvard University Police Department.

For more detailed information on safety and security please read the Harvard University Police Department's "Playing it Safe" booklet, which can be found at http://www.hupd.harvard.edu/playing_it_safe.php.

For questions about this advisory, please contact the Harvard University Police Department's Public Information Officer, Steven G. Catalano, at 617-495-9225 or by email at steven_catalano@harvard.edu.

Distributed Friday, August 17, 2012 at 1:45 PM.

Contact: Steven Catalano - steven_catalano@harvard.edu



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Informational Bulletin
Issued: July 11, 2012

During the summer months there are fewer MIT students and staff on campus, although there many people here for visits, summer programs, and conferences. There are also people here with nefarious intentions. MIT is a world class institution with all sort equipment to include – laptops, iPads, iPhones, cameras, or backpacks, and lots of them! Because of these opportunities, those with less than desirable intentions prey at places like MIT. Since July 1, 2012 there have been TEN laptops; iPads, or iPhones and wallets/backpacks stolen across campus, with a higher frequency of thefts in the Student Center. In June, there were nine laptops, iPads, iPhone and wallet/backpacks stolen.

There is no suspect description at this time, but the most frequent time of day is the lunch hour. The most frequent day with items are stolen is Thursday. The trend is unlocked, unattended with the officer taking the report hearing “I only left to get a cup of coffee” or “I left for a meeting” or “I was only gone for two minutes”.

MIT is an open campus in an urban area. The MIT Police need your help in reducing the crimes of opportunity. Regardless of how safe an area appears, or that you see people with and “MIT” insignia shirt on, we just don’t know who belongs and who doesn’t. If it doesn’t look right, chances are it isn’t! You must be vigilant in tacking your property with your or keeping it locked when you leave an office area.

SUGGESTIONS:

  • Do not leave your laptop, iPad, iPhone, ereader or backpack unattended. It takes less than 60 seconds to steal it.
  • Utilize iCloud / iLocate for Apple products. * http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/
  • A FREE Lightweight tracking software that helps you find, lock and recover your device when stolen or missing. For Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone, iPad & Android. * http://preyproject.com/
  • Keep your doors, laptops, wallets, pocketbooks etc. locked at all times.

 

Please report suspicious activity immediately – you are the eyes and ears of the campus. See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212

Safety Starts with YOU!

*MIT Does not endorse any products for the recovery of your lost or stolen items.

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police 617-253-1212



Crime Alert – Robbery Bulletin

Purse Snatching in Boston
Issued: June 6, 2012


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The following information has been received from the Boston Police regarding a series of purse snatchings.

Between 5/29/12 and 6/5/12, there have been 3 purse snatchings in D4 area that appear to be related. The robberies have occurred in the Back Bay Area. The robberies have involved a single suspect, described as a BM, ~ 35-45 YOA, between 5’6” and 6’0”. The suspect approaches victims from behind and robs them, and then flees in a MV. The suspect has used 2 MV’s in these robberies, and both were reported stolen. The robberies have occurred between 9:30 PM and 11:00 PM.
 

  • 5/30/12 @ 9:30 PM at 249 Marlborough St.
  • 5/31/12 @ 10:35 PM at 44 Clearway St.
  • 6/4/12 @ 9:50 PM at Back & Hereford.




Anyone with information regarding these incidents is advised to please contact D4 Detectives at 617-343-5619

SUGGESTIONS

Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212) or 911 off campus.
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a "don't mess with me attitude"". If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 in an EMERGENCY

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide. Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2011 (PDF) for further Streetwise suggestions. Please visit Email Lists at MIT to get emailed MIT Police Bulletins "cp-bulletin" (Web Moira). Certificates required.

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

*** Do not change any of the alert verbiage without the permission of the MIT Police Department.***

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police
Bldg. W89
301 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139


Citizen Alert: Unarmed Street Robberies

Cambridge Police have issued the following alert:

CITIZEN ALERT: Cambridge Police Share Safety Tips & Information on Recent Unarmed Street Robberies

March 27, 2012 – The Cambridge Police Department is asking residents to be vigilant after two recent unarmed street robberies occurred in Cambridge.

The first incident occurred on March 25 between 1:30 and 2 a.m. when a female in her 20’s was thrown to the ground by a male on Kirkland Street near Trowbridge Street as she walked alone wearing headphones. The victim was knocked unconscious and robbed of her iPhone and purse containing various items.

The second incident occurred on March 26 at approximately 11:15 p.m. when a female in her 20’s was physically assaulted by a male at the corner of Ellery Street and Harvard Street. As with the first victim, this female was also walking alone and wearing headphones when she was robbed of her iPhone.

Both victims described the suspect as either a light skinned black or white male in his 30’s.

To avoid being victimized, Cambridge Police encourage all persons to take the following precautions when walking at night:
Do not wear earbuds, headphones, or listen to music while walking alone.
Always walk with a friend or in a group when possible.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts.
Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up and observe your surroundings. Don't look down at the ground.
If you feel you are being followed, show you are suspicious – Turn to look at the person. This sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.
Change directions. If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person following you is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
If approached, DO NOT RESIST. The best course of action is to hand over money and whatever other belongings are demanded and try to disengage from this confrontational and potentially dangerous situation as soon as possible. Remember, things can always be replaced.
Try to remember descriptive information about the robber (height, age, race, etc.) to relay to police when reporting the incident.
More safety tips are available on the Cambridge Police Department’s website at www.CambridgePolice.org/SafetyTips.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300. Anonymous tips may also be sent via text message to TIP411 (847411). Begin your text with TIP650 and then type your message.
 

Informational Bulletin

Laptop Theft
Issued: March 13, 2012

Although the campus is full of faculty, staff and students, there are also people here with nefarious intentions. MIT is a world class institution with all sorts’ of electronics to rip-off such as: laptops, i-phones, i-pads, e-book readers, and lots of them! We are often engrossed in conversations and therefore not paying attention to our surroundings. We think hanging our backpack or purse on the back of a chair while we eat is safe, or leaving our backpack on the floor while studying, or talking to one another is also an acceptable habit. Unfortunately, these are the opportunities the thieves are stealth at, easily and quietly reaching down and stealing your laptop bag without your knowledge. Because of these prospects, those with less than desirable intentions, prey at places like MIT. Between March 1 and, March 12th , there have been 11 laptop computers stolen, 7 of which were stolen in the Student Center between noon and 1:30, the other four have been stolen in buildings 56, 68, 10 or W70 during the noontime hours.

The trend in these most recent larcenies is that the backpack containing the laptop is stolen from either the back of a chair or beside the person and an empty backpack is left behind. None of the victims were sleeping during these thefts either! There are no descriptions of suspects.

SUGGESTIONS:
Keep your laptops, and other electronics in your sight at all times. Keep them on your lap or in front of you on the floor.
Please report suspicious activity immediately – you are the eyes and ears of the campus.
See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212
If your property was stolen – report it immediately to the MIT Police at 617-253-1212
Safety Starts with YOU!
Apple users should learn more about find my phone at http://www.apple.com/iphone/built-in-apps/find-my-iphone.html

Register your laptop computers at the next Laptop registration session. Security Tracking of Office Property will be offered on Wednesday, March 14th from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. in E17-IS&T. There is a $10 cash fee for this service and the price hasn’t increased since 1999 – now how’s that for fighting crime and inflation!

BICYCLES:
Register your bicycle for FREE
Use a U-lock. Cable locks are easily defeated!
Visit the MIT Transportation Fair on Wednesday, March 14th in the Stata Center

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police
617-253-1212
 

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Crime Alert Notice

Armed Robbery
Issued: March 12, 2012

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INCIDENT:
On Saturday, March 10 at approximately 3:55 p.m., a report was made to the Cambridge Police Department that a woman, who is not affiliated with MIT, was robbed as she walked in the area of Lansdowne and Pacific Streets.

SUMMARY:
The victim, was walking on Landsdowne Street when a tall, heavy set white male was trying to make conversation with her and asked if she was a student at MIT. The suspect then said my father teaches at MIT, and asked the victim to call a friend to see if they know his father. When the victim removed her phone to call, the robber pulled a silver or grey firearm out, and demanded her i-Pad and i-Touch.

SUSPECT:
The victim, and a witnesss, describes the suspect as follows: male, white; approximately 6’03” tall; heavy set, unshaven and brown hair, wearing a bright red sweatshirt, red baseball cap with blue lettering.

SUGGESTIONS

Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a "don't mess with me attitude".
If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 in an EMERGENCY

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the Cambridge Police at 617-349-3390 or the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS). If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide. Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2011 (PDF) for further Streetwise suggestions. Please visit Email Lists at MIT to get emailed MIT Police Bulletins "cp-bulletin" (Web Moira). Certificates required.


Cp-bulletin mailing list Cp-bulletin@mit.edu http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/cp-bulletin

MIT Police
Crime Alert Notice
Aggravated Assault and Battery
Issued: February 28, 2012

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INCIDENT On Monday, February 27 at approximately 8:39 p.m., a report was made to the Cambridge Police Department about an a person who was assaulted soon after he exited the Safe Ride Shuttle.

SUMMARY
The victim, who is an MIT student, exited Safe Ride at 324 Massachusetts Ave. and was walking towards Blanche Street when he was approached by an unknown assailant who punched him in the face for no apparent reason. The victim had a laceration under his eye and was transported to a local hospital.

SUSPECTS:
The witness describes the suspect as follows: male, black, approximately 20 to 25 years old, light skinned, medium build, some facial hair and wearing a big puffy black hooded coat. The witness states the assailant continued walking up Massachusetts Ave. towards Albany St.

SUGGESTIONS
Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a "don't mess with me attitude"". If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 in an EMERGENCY

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS).
If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

MIT Police will increase patrols in the area.

MIT Police
INFORMATIONAL BULLETIN
Issued: February 6, 2012


Scam /con-man

The MIT Police would like to advise the community about a scam/con-man. This male has a lengthy history with many police department’s in Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline areas. He has scammed many people and we’d like to alert you of this his scam before you too, become a victim of his crime.

You can see from the messages below his “sob story” and if you give him the money, you will never see it again! Please, do call the police if you are approached by him. If off campus dial 911, if you are on the MIT campus call 617-253-1212.

Cambridge: A report to the Cambridge Police that on Friday, February 3 at approximately 8:40 pm a victim was approached by an unknown black male who stated to the victim that he had run out of gas, his car needed repairs, and needed money to visit his sick child in the hospital. The victim gave the suspect $140 and the suspect provided the phone number 857-258-0096 in order to repay the victim. The suspect is described as a BM, 40-50 years of age, dark suit, unshaven. The victim attempted to contact the suspect to no avail.



On January 2, around midnight, an MIT graduate student wrote that he was approached by “a well-dressed black man in his late 50s/early 60s. 5 feet 5, for money to fix a flat tire he said that it is urgent because he needed to get his sick kid to hospital. He asked me to call his number 857-258-0076 and let you see caller ID of your phone to give you assurance that he's not scamming. I gave him $80. A few days later I tried calling back, the phone number was out of service. “ The victim goes on to state the location was “Outside Whitehead Institute, 9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA. I googled the internet for that phone number and I found similar reports. http://www.007numbers.com/857/258/0076/ it seems that he repeatedly use this number.”

In March 2011, the Metro published this story about “Alleged scammer still hard at work” http://www.metro.us/boston/local/article/647416--alleged-scammer-still-hard-at-work

Boston University in 2010 http://www.bu.edu/phpbin/news-cms/news/?dept=673&id=55458

Issued by:
MIT Police 617-253-1212
SGT Cheryl Vossmer
Bldg. W89
301 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

MIT Police
Crime Alert Notice Armed Robbery
Issued: December 21, 2011


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INCIDENT

On Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at approximately 11:35 p.m., a student reported to the MIT Police Department that he was robbed, as he walked in the area of 240 Albany Street, on the Ashdown side of the street.

SUMMARY The victim, who is an MIT student, was walking in an easterly direction, when he noticed a shadow quickly approaching him. The victim turned around and asked the suspect if he could help him, when the assailant said “give me your wallet”. The victim observed a small knife in the assailants left hand. The victim handed him $40 cash and the assailant quickly fled the area.

SUSPECTS:

The victim describes the suspect as follows: 1) male, unknown race; approximately 5’10” tall; thin to medium build, wearing a dark hat, black ski mask and dark shirt both with skeleton patterns on them. The assailant fled down the alleyway by the shelter then down the railroad tracks.

SUGGESTIONS

Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a "don't mess with me attitude"".
If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 in an EMERGENCY

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street, 617-253-1212; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS).
If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide. Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2011 (PDF) for further Streetwise suggestions. Please visit Email Lists at MIT to get emailed MIT Police Bulletins "cp-bulletin" (Web Moira). Certificates required.

MIT Police have increased patrols in the area.

The MIT Police 2011 Holiday Crime Awareness Notice
Issued: December 20, 2011


Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wand'ring
So far not to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to me your laptop, too,
And you won’t see it next year when you return,
No you won’t see it next year when you return.
We are not daily beggers
That beg from door to door,
But we might look familiar or maybe not
Love and joy come to me a very happy thief,
And to you or your advisor as your thesis it’s gone, too,
Good thieves we be,
As you sit beside the screen,
We prey on the open and unattended areas,
We watch when you’re gone
We watched as you hid your bag behind the couch,
We wander in the hall.
We wander all the time.

Love and joy come to me and those who get your stolen gear
And to you it’s your loss too.
And thanks to you, I have a lot of happy folks.
So as you prepare to leave for the holiday break,
Be sure to ratchet down the hatch…
Lock your doors, lock the cabinet, and oh by golly those valuables
Lock them or take them with you.

We have a little purse
Made of ratching leather skin;
We want some of your small change
To line it well within.
Love and joy won’t go to you,
Love and joy go to thieves
And to you your loss, too!

Although there are less students and staff
The MIT Police are always here.
We’ll walk the halls and be looking around too;
but you’re the eyes and the ears of this community too!
If you see someone come a wassailing, that doesn’t look like they belong, call us at 3-1212 or 617-253-1212; or dial 100 from any Institute phone.

And to you and yours may your holidays be bright.

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer MIT Police 617-253-1212
Bldg. W89
301 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Crime Alert - Assault and Battery Update
Issued: December 13, 2011


The MIT Police are pleased to report an arrest has been made in the assault and battery which occurred at Tang Hall on Sunday, December 11, 2011. The suspect, Daniel Christian Klaus Gora, 23, of 44 Grampiam Way in Dorchester, MA turned himself into the MIT Police after an active investigation and the bulletin that was emailed out the MIT community. Gora has been charged with Assault and Battery and Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime. Gora had been invited into Tang Hall for a party and then entered a closed unlocked suite, and a closed unlocked bedroom where the incident occurred.
 

Crime Alert Bulletin
Issued: December 11, 2011

Assault and Battery Incident:
On Sunday, December 11, 2011, at approximately 6:45 a.m., a victim reports hearing her bedroom door open, and noticed an unknown male enter her room. This male attempted to hold her down on the bed, while asking for a kiss

Summary:

The victim reports that while asleep in her west campus dorm room, she heard her door open which startled her awake. She noticed an unknown male heading towards her bed asking for a kiss. The victim told the male to leave her alone but he attempted to hold onto her and was demanding kisses. The victim fell between her bed and the wall and states that she spoke to the suspect in a calming voice, who after a few minutes left her room taking a bottle of water.

Detective Boulter is the lead MIT Investigator in this case, anyone with information is asked to contact him at 617-258-9724.

SUSPECT:

The victim describes the suspect as follows: male, white or light Hispanic, late 20ies or early 30ies in age, approximately 5'11", 190 pounds; with shoulder length black hair, wearing a white t-shirt with a darker colored zip-up sweatshirt, and blue jeans. She stated there was a smell of alcohol on his breath.

COMPOSITE: Click here for composite sketch.

SUGGESTIONS:

Rape Education and Prevention Strategies MIT is committed to educating the campus community in ways to prevent sexual assault. Throughout the academic year and during orientation, the Community Wellness at MIT Medical, the Office of the Dean for Student Life, the MIT Police, and certain student organizations deliver educational programs to parents, students, employees, and other members of the community. These sessions provide information on preventing sexual assault and rape, supporting friends who are survivors of sexual assault, security programs, residence hall and Institute-wide regulations and behavior standards, and an outline of the resources available to members of the MIT community. For educational programs and information on preventing sexual assault and getting support for survivors, contact the Community Wellness vpradvocate@med.mit.edu 617 253-4420 or 3-1307 for educational presentations. The MIT Police have specially trained men and women officers who investigate sexual assaults. During all interviews, the MIT Police will make every effort to offer female survivors an opportunity to have a female officer present, and male officers for male survivors. In addition, the MIT Police will help a survivor, who wishes to do so, make contact with:

- Local police - The district attorney's office for criminal prosecution and legal - Survivor assistance - Anonymous sexual assault reporting

*SUGGESTIONS:* Be aware of your surroundings. Program your cell phone with our emergency number (617-253-1212). Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us. Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency. Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger. Please forward this notice to your colleagues and post it on appropriate bulletin boards in your area.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 Please visit Email Lists at MIT to get emailed MIT Police Bulletins (Web Moira). Certificates required. Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2011 for further Streetwise suggestions.

Anonymous Tips

Anonymous Tips may be sent to the Investigations Unit through e-mail to cp-anon@mit.edu. The headers of the message will be stripped and the message resent to cp-invest, or by calling 8-TIPS.

This crime is being investigated by the MIT Police. Anyone with information is asked to call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or visit us at Building W89, 301 Vassar St., Cambridge, MA 02139
 

MIT Police
Informational Bulletin - Laptop Theft
Issued: December 2nd


Although the campus is full of faculty, staff and students, there are also people here with nefarious intentions. Maybe at this time of year we can call them a Grinch! MIT is a world class institution with all sorts’ of equipment to include – laptops, I-phones, e-book readers, and bicycles, and lots of them! Because of these opportunities, those with less than desirable intentions, prey at places like MIT. Between November 1 and December 1 there have been reports of 21 laptops stolen, 12 reports of cell phones, and 11 bikes and several reports of backpacks across campus. All of the laptops were stolen while left unattended, although two were locked with cables in an unlocked and unattended room. In one instance a thief had walked into a living group where he was stealing laptops, when they called the MIT Police we located the suspect and arrested him for breaking and entering and other related charges.

There is no specific day of the week or weekend, although the most common time of day is from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The trend is unlocked area, an unattended bag or office, and all but two were not STOP* tagged. The majority of the backpacks and laptops have been taken from E51, the libraries, Stata, Bldg. 10, and the student center, although no building is exempt from the possibility of a theft. There are no helpful descriptions of suspects to pass along at this time.

During this same time frame there have been 11 bicycles reported stolen. All bikes were locked with a cable lock, except one which had a U-lock on the front tire only. None of the bikes were registered with the Parking and Transportation Office. The value of bikes range from $100 and up.

*Security Tracking of Office Property http://www.stoptheft.com/site/index.php will be offered on Wednesday, December 14th from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. in E17-IS&T.

SUGGESTIONS: Keep your doors, laptops, wallets, pocketbooks etc. locked at all times.
Please report suspicious activity immediately – you are the eyes and ears of the campus.
See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212
Safety Starts with YOU!
Register your laptop computers at the next Laptop registration session. There is a $10 cash fee for this service and the price hasn’t increased since 1999 – now how’s that for fighting crime and inflation!

BICYCLES:
Register your bicycle for FREE http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/bicycle_reg.html
Use a U-lock. Cable locks are easily defeated!
 

MIT Police Crime Alert Notice Issued: November 21, 2011

INCIDENT:

On Sunday, November 20, 2011, two female students reported, that on Saturday, November 12, and Wednesday, November 16, at approximately 2:00 a.m. an unknown male engaged them in them conversation. In one incident the suspect grab the victims arm, which she was able to break free from.

SUMMARY:

The first victim was walking along Massachusetts Ave, in the vicinity of State Street, when she was approached by a male who claimed to be “Ethiopian”, and continued to try and engage her in conversation. When she continued to walk away from him he grabbed her arm. In the second incident, in the area of the MIT Museum, she reports that a “black male” followed her to the doorway of her residence. When she told him to leave he did.

SUSPECT:

The victims describes the suspect as follows: Male, black, possibly Ethiopian, 20 to 30 years of age, 5’8”, skinny build, and wearing dark clothing.

SUGGESTIONS:

Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus.
Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a "don't mess with me attitude".

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 IMMEDIATELY

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police, at 617-253-1212. We are located at W89, 301 Vassar Street; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS).

If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide.

Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2011 for further Streetwise suggestions.

MIT Police
Informational Bulletin

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 3:10 PM

The Cambridge Police have issued another bulletin after two additional robberies last night, Oct. 25. There are many member of the MIT community who live, or traverse these neighborhoods and we want to keep you all aware.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police
617-253-1212
301 Vassar St.

 

MIT Police
Informational Bulletin

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 3:10 PM

The Cambridge Police Department has issued the attached Citizen’s Alert regarding recent street robberies. Two took place on the border of the East Cambridge Inman/Harrington neighborhoods, with a third taking place in Mid-Cambridge.

While on campus be sure to know the location of emergency blue light telephones, call the MIT Police immediately if you see something suspicious at 617-253-1212, or from any campus phone dial 100. There are several precautions covered in the attached alerts too.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police
617-253-1212

 

MIT Police
Informational Bulletin

ISSUED: Monday, October 24, 2011

The MIT Police would like to alert you to an unauthorized, 18-passenger bus that is reported to have picked up MIT students recently. The driver then charged the students a $5 fee for transporting them. MIT Police stopped the unauthorized bus on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at approximately 2:50 a.m. on Amherst Street in the vicinity of McCormick Hall.

The MIT Parking and Transportation Office offers a free Saferide bus for MIT Students. Saferide’s hours of operation are from 6 PM to 2:30 AM Sunday through Wednesday and 6 PM to 3:30 AM Thursday through Saturday. The Saferide vehicles are clearly marked “MIT PARKING and TRANSPORTATION” and all drivers wear an MIT Parking and Transportation uniform. Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for information.

All riders are encouraged to make sure that any bus they board during overnight hours is marked “Parking and Transportation”.

Anyone seeing this unauthorized vehicle on the MIT campus is encouraged to contact the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or utilize a blue light emergency telephone.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police 617-253-1212


MIT Police
Crime Alert Notice
Issued: October 27, 2011


INCIDENT
On Thursday, October 27, 2011 at approximately 5:50 p.m., a male student
reported to the MIT Police Department that an unknown male robbed him of his cell phone and laptop computer.
SUMMARY
The victim, who is an MIT student, was sitting in the common study area on the fifth floor of Baker House, when he was approached from behind. The victim states that he felt something stuck in his back and the suspect demanded the victim’s cell phone and laptop computer. The suspect demanded that the victim place the laptop in the suspect backpack, he then fled down the corridor heading west. The victim states that he saw something shiny as the suspect fled.
SUSPECT:
The victim describes the suspect as follows: male, black, dark complexion, approximately 18 – 25 years of age, young slender face, 6’1” – 6’2” tall, clean shaven, and tightly cropped hair, wearing a black or dark purple hoodie rain jacket, and carrying a black backpack.
SUGGESTIONS
As you enter buildings be aware of “tailgaters” which are people who are looking for the opportunity to enter a building that they don’t belong in. If you see someone who doesn’t look like they belong, call the MIT Police.
If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, comply with the request and do not resist.

Students, Faculty and Staff are reminded to program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).  Dial 100 from any campus phone, or utilize a blue light emergency telephone located across campus.
Be the best possible witness – call the MIT Police and describe the suspicious person and direction of travel. Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us. See Something Say Something.

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this
investigation, contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street; or
anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS).
If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been
the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the
incident, please notify the MIT Police Department
immediately at 617-253-1212.
Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2011
http://web.mit.edu/cp/www/_docs/MIT-Police-security-report-2010.pdf
for further Streetwise suggestions.
MIT Police have increased patrols in the area.

Issued by: Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer, MIT Police, 617-253-1212


 

MIT Police
Informational Bulletin

Issued: September 22, 2011 The following link from Boston.com provides information about recent unsolved sexual assaults along the Esplanade. This is important information, especially for the new college population, in the Boston/Cambridge area.

Rape Education and Prevention Strategies MIT is committed to educating the campus community in ways to prevent sexual assault. Throughout the academic year and during orientation, the Community Wellness at MIT Medical, the Office of the Dean for Student Life, the MIT Police, and certain student organizations deliver educational programs to parents, students, employees, and other members of the community. These sessions provide information on preventing sexual assault and rape, supporting friends who are survivors of sexual assault, security programs, residence hall and Institute-wide regulations and behavior standards, and an outline of the resources available to members of the MIT community. For educational programs and information on preventing sexual assault and getting support for survivors, contact the Community Wellness vpradvocate@med.mit.edu 617 253-4420 or 3-1307 for educational presentations. The MIT Police have specially trained men and women officers who investigate sexual assaults. During all interviews, the MIT Police will make every effort to offer female survivors an opportunity to have a female officer present, and male officers for male survivors. In addition, the MIT Police will help a survivor, who wishes to do so, make contact with:

- Local police
- The district attorney's office for criminal prosecution and legal
- Survivor assistance
- Anonymous sexual assault reporting

*SUGGESTIONS:* Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with our emergency number (617-253-1212). Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus. Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger.
Please forward this notice to your colleagues and post it on appropriate bulletin boards in your area.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212
Please visit Email Lists at MIT to get emailed MIT Police Bulletins (Web Moira). Certificates required. Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2011 for further Streetwise suggestions. Issued by: Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer

 

MIT Police
Crime Alert Notice
Issued: August 28, 2011


INCIDENT:

On Sunday, August 28, a female student reported to the MIT Police, that on Thursday, August 25, 2011, at approximately 11:00 p.m., while walking along Amherst Alley, an unknown male engaged her in conversation, NO assault took place.

SUMMARY:

The female victim was walking along Amherst Alley, in the vicinity of MacGregor House, when she was approached by a male who claimed to be an MIT Graduate Student in Electrical Engineering, and asked where MIT graduate dorms are located. He further inquired if she had a boyfriend, or a long term relationship. The male then asked if they could go back to the victims room to discuss research. As they were in the victims room, the male stated she had small feet, and he asked her to remove her shoes. The victim felt this was a strange request and asked the male leave the room.
The male left the room, but sat in the lounge area for time.

SUSPECT:

The victim describes the suspect as follows: Male, white, European accent, 25 - 29 years of age, balding, 5'5" medium build.

SUGGESTIONS:

Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus.
Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a "don't mess with me attitude".

See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 IMMEDIATELY

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police, at 617-253-1212. We are located at W89, 301 Vassar Street; or anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS).

If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the MIT Police Department immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing SafeRide.

Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2010 (Updated link for 2011) for further Streetwise suggestions.

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police 617-253-1212
Bldg. W89
301 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
 

MIT Police

Informational Bulletin
Issued: July 26, 2011



During the summer months there are fewer MIT students and staff on campus, although there are many people here for visits, summer programs, or conferences. There are also people here with nefarious intentions. MIT is a world class institution with all sorts’ of equipment to include – laptops, I-phones, cameras, and bicycles, and lots of them! Because of these opportunities, those with less than desirable intentions, prey at places like MIT. Between July 1 and 27th there have been 9 laptops, and one I-phone, stolen across campus – even a laptop was taken from the chest of someone asleep in the student center! There is no specific day of the week or weekend, nor time of day for these thefts. The trend is unlocked, or only locked with a cable, not STOP tagged, and mostly taken from the main group area of campus. There are no helpful descriptions of suspects to pass along at this time.

During this same time frame there have been 11 bicycles reported stolen. All but a $400 bike was locked with a cable lock. The $400 bike was left unlocked in a hallway! None of the bikes were registered with the Parking and Transportation Office. The value of bikes range from $200 up to $4,000, yes a $4,000 bike.
SUGGESTIONS:
Keep your doors, laptops, wallets, pocketbooks etc. locked at all times.
Please report suspicious activity immediately – you are the eyes and ears of the campus.
See Something Say Something - call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212
Safety Starts with YOU!
Register your laptop computers at the next Laptop registration session (no date set as of this bulletin). There is a $10 cash fee for this service and the price hasn’t increased since 1999 – now how’s that for fighting crime and inflation!
BICYCLES:
Register your bicycle for FREE http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/bicycle_reg.html
Use a U-lock. Cable locks are easily defeated!

Crime Alert to the MIT Community
Issued: July 11, 2011

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The MIT Police responded to a robbery that occurred in the rear parking lot at 70 Pacific St. on July 10, 2011 at approximately 7:41 p.m.

SUSPECT:
Hispanic male, 5’9”, heavy set, wearing jeans and a black t-shirt.

REPORTED INCIDENT:
MIT Police responded to the report of a fight in the rear parking lot at 70 Pacific St. Upon arrival, officers found that the suspect had punched the victim, knocking him to the ground. The suspect then stole the victims wallet.

SUGGESTIONS:
Be aware of your surroundings.

Program your cell phone with our emergency number (617-253-1212). Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.

Be aware of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus. Dial 100 from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

Please forward this notice to your colleagues and post it on appropriate bulletin boards in your area.

If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the MIT Police at 617-253-1212; W89, 301 Vassar Street; or anonymously at 617-258-TIPS (8-8477).

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Crime Bulletin
Sexual Assault
Issued: April 11, 2011


A story at Boston.com reports that a woman was sexually assaulted on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Charles River Esplanade at the Mass. Ave. bridge (Harvard Bridge) . The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. after the woman was engaged in a “lengthy conversation” as she sat on a bench. The victim, describes her attacker as a black male, 6’1” or 6’2” tall, weighing about 230 pounds, with short hair and missing a front tooth. He wore black sweat pants and a green top and appeared to be between 25 and 30 years of age, according to media reports. No arrest has been made in this assault. The report is at: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/04/11/nighttime_vigilance_urged_on_esplanade/?p1=Local_Links

The story also states that “at least four female college students have reported being assaulted in the area since 2007”. None of the victims in any of these assaults, including this most recent sexual assault, is an MIT student.
Sexual Assault Programs and Procedures
MIT is committed to fostering a safe environment that supports its
educational mission and that is free from exploitation and intimidation.
It is important that members of the MIT community who are survivors
of sexual assault be offered immediate medical treatment, counseling
support, and police assistance. Survivors and close friends are traumatized
by such incidents and are concerned about confidentiality. Care
and consideration will be used in providing services and support
to survivors and others affected by trauma.

Rape Education and Prevention Strategies
MIT is committed to educating the campus community in ways to prevent
sexual assault. Throughout the academic year and during orientation,
the Community Wellness at MIT Medical, the Office
of the Dean for Student Life, the MIT Police, and certain student
organizations deliver educational programs to parents, students, employees, and other
members of the community. These sessions provide information on
preventing sexual assault and rape, supporting friends who are survivors
of sexual assault, security programs, residence hall and Institute-wide
regulations and behavior standards, and an outline of the resources
available to members of the MIT community. For educational programs and
information on preventing sexual assault and getting support for
survivors, contact the Community Wellness vpradvocate@med.mit.edu
617 253-4420 or 3-1307 for educational presentations.

The MIT Police have specially trained men and women officers who
investigate sexual assaults. During all interviews, the MIT Police will
make every effort to offer female survivors an opportunity to have a
female officer present, and male officers for male survivors. In
addition, the MIT Police will help a survivor, who wishes to do so, make
contact with:
. Local police
. The district attorney's office for criminal prosecution and legal
survivor assistance

Anonymous sexual assault reporting:
http://web.mit.edu/cp/www/_docs/anon_assault.pdf

*SUGGESTIONS: *
Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with our emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO
NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus.
Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger.

Please forward this notice to your colleagues and post it on appropriate
bulletin boards in your area.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT
Police at 617-253-1212

Please visit Email Lists at MIT to get emailed MIT Police Bulletins (Web Moira). Certificates required.

Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2010
http://web.mit.edu/cp/www/_docs/MIT-Police-security-report-2010.pdf
for further Streetwise suggestions.

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police 617-253-1212
Bldg. W89
301 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

 

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MIT Police
Crime Alert Notice
Issued: February 21, 2011

INCIDENT

Two women reported to the MIT Police, that on Monday, February 21, 2011,
at approximately 3:05 a.m., and at approximately 3:30 a.m.
an unknown male engaged them in conversations, and one woman was assaulted.

SUMMARY

The victims, who are MIT students, were in the area of Beacon St. and
Massachusetts Ave., in Boston. The first victim reported while walking towards Mass. Ave.
a male attempted to engage her in a conversation and when she told him to leave her alone
the suspect grabbed the hood of her jacket attempting to pull her closer, then grabbed
at her stomach area attempting to pull her closer. She was able to run away and jumped into a taxi.
The second victim was sitting with two male friends on Beacon St., when the suspect approached and
asked the female to come with him. The males told the suspect to leave the area.
The victims observed the suspect described below in the Vassar Street area at approximately 4:30 a.m.

SUSPECTS:

The victims described the suspect as follows: male, black, approximately
20-23 years of age; approximately 6' tall; light-medium complexion; clean shaven; large eyes;
thin build; thin face; short hair; wearing a red baseball hat; dark clothing;
black loose fitting wind breaker style jacket, and carrying a backpack.

SUGGESTIONS

Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number
(617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO
NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus.
Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not
paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a "don't
mess with me attitude"". If you are approached by someone displaying a
weapon and demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply
with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT
Police at 617-253-1212

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this
investigation, contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street; or
anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS), MIT Police will be working with the Boston Police on this incident.

If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been
the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the
incident, please notify the MIT Police Department
immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in
an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that
exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking
throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night
and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and
utilizing SafeRide.

Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2010
http://web.mit.edu/cp/www/_docs/MIT-Police-security-report-2010.pdf
for further Streetwise suggestions.

Issued by:
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police 617-253-1212
Bldg. W89
301 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

 

MIT Police
Crime Alert Notice
Issued: December 5, 2010

INCIDENT

On Friday, December 3, 2010, at approximately 6:25 p.m., a female
reported to the MIT Police Department that an unknown male attempted to
rob her of her I-phone.

SUMMARY

The victim, who is an MIT student, was walking west bound in the area of
the Senior House, when a male asked her where the bus pick-up was. While
the victim was looking down at her I-phone, the suspect attempted to
snatch the phone out of her hand. The suspect fled when the victim began
to yell for help and fled down Carlton Street towards the Kendall T. MIT
Police notified the Cambridge Police of this incident.

SUSPECTS:

The victim describes the suspect as follows: male, white, approximately
16 years of age, stocky build with a round face, he was wearing a dark
colored hooded sweatshirt with a lighter colored horizontal strip shirt
underneath.

SUGGESTIONS

Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number
(617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO
NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus.
Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not
paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a "don't
mess with me attitude"". If you are approached by someone displaying a
weapon and demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply
with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT
Police at 617-253-1212

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this
investigation, contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street; or
anonymously at 617-258-8477 (8-TIPS), or Cambridge Police at
*617-349-3300* MIT Police will be working with the Cambridge Police on
this incident.

If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been
the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the
incident, please notify the MIT Police Department
immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in
an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that
exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking
throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night
and to take the appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and
utilizing SafeRide.

Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2010
http://web.mit.edu/cp/www/_docs/MIT-Police-security-report-2010.pdf
for further Streetwise suggestions.

MIT Police have increased patrols in the area.

 

NEWS:

Suspect Arrested in Connection with String of Recent Street Robberies in Cambridge & Neighboring Communities
During the early morning hours of November 3rd, members of the Cambridge Police Department, U.S. Secret Service, Massachusetts State Police, Somerville Police, Brookline Police, Harvard University Police, MIT Police, and Boston University Police worked jointly to arrest armed robbery suspect Santony Joseph, 23, of 9 Earl Street in Malden.

During the investigation of a number of armed street robberies in Cambridge and surrounding communities, police were able to locate the suspect in Medford. Detectives from both Brookline and Cambridge police departments observed a suspect operating a vehicle that fit the description of one of the suspects from the recent string of robberies.

After encountering the suspect and observing evidence inside the vehicle, Mr. Joseph was arrested and charged with armed robbery, armed robbery with a knife, and receiving stolen property with more charges to follow from Cambridge and other communities.

Cambridge Police convened a meeting where members of the department met with representatives from Somerville, Brookline, Harvard, MIT, and Boston University police departments to discuss the recent street robberies and formulate a strategy to address these incidents. Without the information sharing and cooperation that took place between the various law enforcement agencies that were jointly responsible in helping to apprehend this suspect, this arrest might not have been possible.

Cambridge Police are seeking the public’s help in identify Mr. Joseph’s accomplice(s) in these robberies, and ask anyone with information to please call the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300.

For more information about these crimes and other important updates, please sign up to receive Citizen Alerts from the Cambridge Police Department at http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/group.html?id=2595.

Issued: Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Issued by Cambridge Police Department

 

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CITIZEN ALERT

CITIZEN ALERT: Two Armed Robberies on Kirkland & Scott Streets
At approximately 11PM last night, a 40 year old male was robbed by two men with a knife on Kirkland Street at Irving Street. While police were responding to that incident, another call came in for an incident that occurred at Scott Street and Bryant Street where a 28 year old man was approached by two black males, one described as very heavy set and the other as tall and thin, matching the descriptions given by the victim on Kirkland Street and similar incidents that occurred last week near MIT. To view the advisory from last week, click here.

The suspects asked for the victim's property, and when the victim refused, the tall male stabbed the victim in the upper arm while the heavy suspect assaulted him. The suspects took a cell phone, wallet and cash from the victim and fled the area. The victim was transported to the hospital where he received four stitches to his arm.

In response to these recent incidents, the Cambridge Police Department is working with Harvard Police, MIT Police, and Somerville Police to share information and deploy extra resources in a joint effort aimed at catching the suspects responsible for these robberies.

Cambridge Police would like to remind people that if approached and asked for your belongings, DO NOT RESIST - the robber wants your valuables, not you.

Police also ask residents to take the following precautions when walking at night:

.Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts.
.Always walk with a friend or in a group when possible.
.Walk with confidence. Keep your head up to observe your surroundings and don't look down at the ground.
.If you feel you are being followed, show you are suspicious - turn to look at the person. It sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.
.Do not wear ear buds, headphones, or listen to music when walking alone.
.If someone is following you, cross the street and vary your pace.

More safety tips are available via the Cambridge Police Department website at http://www.cambridgema.gov/CityOfCambridge_Content/documents/street%20saftety.pdf

Anyone with information about these crimes or possible suspects is asked to call the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300.

 

MIT Police
Crime Alert Notice
Issued: October 27, 2010

INCIDENT

On Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at approximately 10:05 p.m., a male reported to the Cambridge Police Department that he was robbed by two unknown males, as he walked along Main Street.

SUMMARY

The victim, who is an MIT staff member/instructor, was walking in the area of 700 Main St., (Main and Portland St. area) when two males robbed him. One suspect approached the victim from the front demanding his property, while the other was standing behind the victim. Taken was the victims phone, wallet, and back pack which contained a hard drive and other belongings.

SUSPECTS:

The description of the suspects by the victims are as follows: 1) male, black, heavy set; wearing a blue shirt that was unbuttoned and white undershirt, baggy jeans and a ball cap; 2) male, black, thin, no clothing description. No weapons were shown.

SUGGESTIONS

Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number
(617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO
NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus.
Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or
not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a "don't mess with me attitude"".
If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, it is
recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT
Police at 617-253-1212

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation,
contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street; or anonymously at
617-258-8477 (8-TIPS),
or Cambridge Police at *617-349-3300* MIT Police will be working with the Cambridge Police on these incidents.

If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been
the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the
incident, please notify the MIT Police Department
immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share
many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community
members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and
surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the
appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing
SafeRide.

Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2010
http://web.mit.edu/cp/www/_docs/MIT-Police-security-report-2010.pdf
for further Streetwise suggestions.

MIT Police have increased patrols in the area.

October 27, 2010: Cambridge Police are currently investigating four possibly related incidents in the vicinity of Area 4, Cambridgeport, and Mid-Cambridge areas.

Two of the incidents occurred on 10/22/10 between 7:45 PM and 8:20 PM with approximately 30 minutes between incidents. Two additional robberies occurred on 10/26/10 at 9:55 PM and 10:10 PM, with approximately 15 minutes between incidents.

Three of the five robbery victims were white males between the ages of 25 and 30 years of age who were walking alone. In one of the robberies there were two white male victims between 25 and 30 years of age.

In three of the four incidents, the victims were approached from behind by two black males who immediately brandish a knife and relieved the victims of their wallets, backpacks, laptops, and cell phones.

Currently, Cambridge Police are looking for two black male suspects, possibly in their late teens or early twenties. One suspect is described as chubby and the other suspect is described as tall with a thin build and dark skin.

Cambridge Police are actively investigating these crimes and are sharing information with MIT & Harvard Police Departments. This string of robberies will also be the focus of the department’s BridgeStat meeting on 10/28, with more information being made available in the October release of BridgeStat which will be available next week on the Cambridge Police Department website.

Cambridge Police would like to remind students and citizens to take the following precautions when walking at night:

Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts.

-Always walk with a friend or in a group when possible.

-Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up and observe your surroundings don't look down at the ground.
-Do not where ear buds, headphones, or listen to music when walking alone.

-If you feel you are being followed, show you are suspicious – turn to look at the person. It sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.

-Change directions. If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person following you is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.

More safety tips are available via the Cambridge Police Department website at http://www.cambridgema.gov/CityOfCambridge_Content/documents/street%20saftety.pdf
Anyone with information about these crimes or possible suspects is asked to call the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300.

 

MIT Police
Crime Alert Notice
Issued: October 23, 2010

INCIDENT

On Friday, October 22, 2010 at approximately 7:49 p.m., a male graduate student reported to the Cambridge Police Department that he was robbed by two unknown males as he walked along Broadway in the area of Norfolk St. in Cambridge.

In a separate incident, on Friday, October 22, 2010, at approximately 8:20 p.m., two male graduate students reported to the Cambridge Police Department that they were robbed by two unknown males as they were walking along Albany St. The victims gave up their wallet, cell phone and laptop.

SUMMARY

In the Broadway incident the victim states the two males stepped out of a doorway, displayed kitchen type knives, demanding his bag, wallet and phone.

In the Albany Street incident the victims stated that while walking on Albany Street, they were approached by suspects who showed knives and demanded their belongings. In both incidents, the suspects fled and the victims were not injured.

SUSPECTS:

The description of the suspects by the victims are as follows: 1) male, black, 19 - 22 years of age, chubby; wearing a white hoodie or shirt; 2) male, black, 19 - 22 years of age, thin, wearing a black hoodie.

SUGGESTIONS

Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number
(617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO
NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus.
Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT
Police at 617-253-1212

*If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation,
contact the MIT Police, at W89, 301 Vassar Street; or anonymously at
617-258-8477 (8-TIPS),
or Cambridge Police at *617-349-3300* MIT Police will be working with the Cambridge Police on these incidents.

If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been
the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the
incident, please notify the MIT Police Department
immediately at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police wants to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share
many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community
members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and
surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take the
appropriate precautions, such as walking with others and utilizing
SafeRide.

Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or
not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk wiht a "don't mess with me attitude"".
If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, it is
recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.
Please review the MIT Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2010
http://web.mit.edu/cp/www/_docs/MIT-Police-security-report-2010.pdf
for further Streetwise suggestions.

Issued by: MIT Police
Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer
617-253-1212

 

MIT POLICE CRIME ALERT NOTICE
Issued: October 20, 2010


 
Incident:
At approximately 4:30 p.m., an employee of the restaurant Anna’s Taqueria was stabbed in the abdomen outside of  Building W-20, the MIT Student Center. Police from several agencies have responded to the assault, and the victim has been transported to a hospital.



SUSPECT:

Police are seeking a suspect described as an Hispanic male, age 20-30, 5’8’’ to 5’9’’ wearing a red and black baseball cap with the letter C and wearing light blue jeans.

SUMMARY:

If you see a person fitting this description, do not intercede but instead contact MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or by dialing 100 from any campus telephone.

It is believed that the suspect is not a student or MIT employee and is known to the victim. This is an active and ongoing investigation.
 
SUGGESTIONS: *

Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with our emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO
NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus.
Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger.

Please forward this notice to your colleagues and post it on appropriate
bulletin boards in your area.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT
Police at 617-253-1212

 

MIT Police Crime Alert Warning *
Issued: October 15, 2010

***INCIDENT: * **
On Friday, October 15, 2010 at 12:40 a.m.,  a female reported to the Cambridge Police Department that she was indecently assaulted in the area of 110 – 119 Pacific Street.

***SUMMARY:* **
The female victim reported that while opening the rear door to her residence she was grabbed from behind.

SUSPECT:

The victim describes the suspect as follows: male, possibly white, in late 20’s, 5’10” – 5’11” ; medium build, long curly brown hair, wearing a white tank top, a green baseball hat, naked from the waist down, and not wearing any shoes.

Because this incident did not occur on MIT property, it is being investigated by the Cambridge Police. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300.


**Sexual Assault Programs and Procedures**
MIT is committed to fostering a safe environment that supports its
educational mission and that is free from exploitation and intimidation.
It is important that members of the MIT community who are survivors
of sexual assault be offered immediate medical treatment, counseling
support, and police assistance. Survivors and close friends are traumatized
by such incidents and are concerned about confidentiality. Care
and consideration will be used in providing services and support
to survivors and others affected by trauma.

**Rape Education and Prevention Strategies**
MIT is committed to educating the campus community in ways to prevent
sexual assault. Throughout the academic year and during orientation,
the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness at MIT Medical, the Office
of the Dean for Student Life, the MIT Police, and certain student
organizations deliver educational programs to parents, students, employees, and other
members of the community. These sessions provide information on
preventing sexual assault and rape, supporting friends who are survivors
of sexual assault, security programs, residence hall and Institute-wide
regulations and behavior standards, and an outline of the resources
available to members of the MIT community. For educational programs and
information on preventing sexual assault and getting support for
survivors, contact the Community Wellness vpradvocate@med.mit.edu
617 253-4420 or 3-1307 for educational presentations.
The MIT Police have specially trained men and women officers who
investigate sexual assaults. During all interviews, the MIT Police will
make every effort to offer female survivors an opportunity to have a
female officer present, and male officers for male survivors. In
addition, the MIT Police will help a survivor, who wishes to do so, make
contact with:
. Local police
. The district attorney's office for criminal prosecution and legal
survivor assistance

Anonymous sexual assault reporting:
http://web.mit.edu/cp/www/_docs/anon_assault.pdf

*SUGGESTIONS: *
Be aware of your surroundings.
Program your cell phone with our emergency number (617-253-1212).
Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO
NOT hesitate to call us.
Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus.
Utilize them in case of an emergency.
Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you're in danger.

Please forward this notice to your colleagues and post it on appropriate
bulletin boards in your area.

See Something Say Something - call the MIT
Police at 617-253-1212

Issued by Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer

MIT Police

617-253-1212