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To: Faculty,Staff,Postdocs,Grad&Prof Students
From: Chief Ronnel A. Higgins
Summary: Safety Awareness
Date: 05-JUN-2012 03:59:00 PM Message ID: 79728

Dear Yale Community Members:
As we enter into the summer months, both the Yale and New Haven Police Departments would like to remind you of the importance of taking individual actions to prevent crime and to support the efforts of the police.
Although violent crime continues a downward trend citywide, we have seen a recent increase in burglaries in neighborhoods near campus, including reports of bikes and computers stolen from homes.
Many burglaries occur when a thief finds a window open or a door unlocked, and some basic precautions can help deter a burglar.  Always lock your doors and windows, keep hedges near doors and windows trimmed, and make sure your entrance is well lit.  Use a locking device that allows the window to open only a few inches for ventilation and secure window air conditioners where possible.  If you live in an apartment building, don’t hold the door open for anyone you don’t know.  
If you plan to go away on vacation, remember to stop mail and newspaper deliveries, make your home look occupied by keeping some lights on, and make sure that all windows and doors are locked before you leave.  

When walking during the evening hours be aware of your surroundings and seek well–lit and populated areas.  Don’t display cash on the street, and be aware of your environment at all times.  Try not to walk alone at night, and use the Yale shuttle buses and call for a security escort or safe ride at night by dialing (203) 432-9255.
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. Most burglary arrests are the result of a call to police reporting suspicious activity.  Call us at 911 or (203) 432-4400.

Ronnell A. Higgins
Chief of Police
Yale University