• Check the door locks to make sure they are functioning properly.
  • Make sure your door has a deadbolt lock and a peephole.
  • Become familiar with how your door locks operate, and remember to keep your door locked at all times.
  • Whenever you leave your apartment, lock your door and take your keys.

Window Security

  • Check to make sure that all windows in your apartment are equipped with properly functioning locks and consider using riser restrictors for added security.
  • If you have a sliding glass door, place a wooden rod in the door so it can’t be opened from the outside.

Building Security

  • Never "buzz in" someone you don’t know, and don’t allow strangers to follow you into the main entrance or to enter as you are leaving the building.
  • Immediately report all suspicious activity, strangers loitering in or near the building or behavior by other residents or tenants that you feel presents a safety or security risk.
  • To limit access to the building, do not prop open the front door.
  • If the front door lock is not working, call the building owner or maintenance person to get it fixed.
  • Do not allow anyone who is loitering or hanging out in front of the building to gain access.
  • Always check to see who is at the door before opening it.
  • Make sure that you know who has the master keys — that is who has access to your building apartments.
  • Make sure all public areas of your building and walkways are well lighted.
  • The mailboxes should be locked.
  • Know who handles your maintenance. Hazardous situations should be handled immediately (snow, trash, burned-out lights).

Your Security

  • Know your neighbors.
  • If you decide to walk alone, especially at night, use well-lighted, familiar streets. Never take poorly lighted shortcuts through alleyways or wooded areas where someone may be hiding. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Plan your route and walk with confidence. Avoid wearing earbuds or talking on the phone.
  • Fire escapes are to be used for emergency exit use only.
  • If your apartment and/or building does not allow you access to a rooftop or deck, please respect this limitation. It is in place because those areas are not deemed safe for occupancy. Click here for more information

Boston Police Department

Northeastern Public Saftey

Transit Police