December Public Safety Advisory from Chief Higgins

December 13, 2017

To the Yale Community:

On behalf of the men and women in Public Safety, I write to share a few useful steps you can take this holiday season to prevent crime, stay safe and enhance the efforts of both the Yale and New Haven Police Departments. While crime overall is decreasing in the city, typically crimes such as robberies, burglaries and thefts increase slightly during the holiday season. Some simple safety tips can be implemented to help prevent crime.

During the holiday season, we typically see an increase in thefts of packages from doorsteps, hallways and mailboxes. There are some steps you can take to prevent this. Consider requesting a signature for delivery or having the package delivered to a post office box. Some delivery services offer delivery management services wherein you can schedule a delivery at a time when you are home or if permissible, have the package delivered to your place of work.

Whether you are traveling or remaining on campus throughout the recess period, please take extra care to safeguard your property and lock your suite, room or office when you leave it. Also, if you live off campus remember to lock windows.

Community members driving to, from and around campus are reminded to be vigilant of pedestrians and pedestrians need to be vigilant of motorists. Although motorists have more responsibility under the law when operating a motor vehicle on city streets, pedestrians have more at stake if struck by a motor vehicle. When traversing the campus on foot, wait for traffic to come to a complete stop before walking into the roadway even at designated crosswalks. Try not be “digitally distracted” while walking. Stop texting and pay attention to your surroundings.

If you are coming from and to the train station don’t walk alone, call a cab, take the shuttle or travel in a group. Avoid walking alone at night, travel in groups of two or more on well-lit streets or call Yale Security for an escort 203-432-WALK (203-432-9255). Nighttime Safe Rides are available from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to take you door-to-door within the campus boundary. Dial 203 432-6330 from any campus phone or Blue Phone for service. Please note that Yale Transit to include Nighttime Safe Rides will be operating on a limited schedule during the recess. There will be no transit service from 3pm December 24 through 10 pm December 25.

In addition to taking these safety measures to protect yourself and your property, you can assist us in maintaining a safe campus environment by reporting suspicious activity to the Yale Police. Download our mobile (LiveSafe) app to contact the Yale Police for services, information and to report tips. Register at:….

If you see something, say something. Call us at 911 or 203-432-4400.

Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Ronnell A. Higgins, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police