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WPI Safety Notifications

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 6:55pm

Location Park Avenue @ Institute Road
Current status Under Investigation
Updated date Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 11:18pm
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident Assault & Battery
Description

On Sunday May 3, 2020 at 1927 hours, a WPI student reported that he was assaulted at the Intersection of Park Avenue and Institute Road. The victim reported that he was jogging down Park Avenue and attempted to push the crosswalk button to stop traffic at the intersection of Park Avenue and Institute Road. Two males approached the victim. One of the males stated" Don't touch that button that's for me". One of the two males then assaulted the victim. The victim immediately fled on foot and ran toward the direction of Elm Park. The victim described two males, one large white male, approximately 6’5 wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and mask. The other a shorter white male 5’7 to 5’8 wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The victim was unable to determine the male’s direction of travel. The incident only lasted a few minutes. There were no witnesses to this incident and there are currently no suspects at this time. The Worcester Police and WPI police are actively investigating the incident.

Prevention Advice
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas.
  • Don't use headphones while walking.
  • Use well-traveled routes.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Walk purposefully and briskly. If you are followed
  • Always report any suspicious activity immediately to WPI Police 508.831.5433 or Emergency line 508.831.5555.
Be Alert

Students and Employees are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or incidents to WPI Police immediately. The WPI Police Department is providing this information to aid in your personal safety on campus. Utilize WPI Campus Safety Transports Services: Gateway Shuttle, theShuttle and SNAP-831-6111.

Contact Information WPI Police Department: +1-508-831-5433 or Worcester Police +1-508-799-8601
Resolution No

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 11:51pm

Location Intersection of Institute Road and Dean Street
Current status Under Investigation
Updated date Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 12:55am
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident Threat to Assault
Description

On Wednesday March 04, 2020 at approximately 23:51 hours,  WPI students reported that they witnessed a mid size red sport utility vehicle with New York license plates occupied by three white males in the area of Institute and Dean, yelling at other students and making threats through the open windows in the vehicle.  At no time did the male subjects exit the vehicle and approach students.  The vehicle fled in the direction of Highland Street.  Searches for the vehicle by Worcester Polytechnic Institute Police and Worcester Police Department were negative.

Prevention Advice
  • Don't use headphones while walking, driving or jogging. Stay aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Avoid walking or running alone - instead go walking or jogging with a friend.
  • Try to walk or jog in daylight hours.
  • Always walk in well-lighted areas.
  • Avoid the use of short cuts. Keep to well-travelled roads and populated areas.
  • Choose a route where you can keep away from large bushes or doorways where someone could be lurking. Also vary your route from time to time - don't be predictable.
  • If someone in a vehicle stops and asks you questions, answer from a distance. Do not approach the vehicle or get close enough to be pulled in.
  • If followed, go immediately to an area with lights and people. If needed, turn around and walk in the opposite direction, your follower will also have to reverse directions.
  • Never get into a vehicle with someone you don't know.
  • Keep your cell phone handy at all times. It's your best source of immediate assistance.
Be Alert

All community members to remain vigilant.  We ask that if you see or hear anything of concern, or if you have any information about this case, please contact WPI Police 508.831.5433 or emergency line 508.831.5555.

Contact Information WPI Police Department: +1-508-831-5433 or Worcester Police +1-508-799-8601

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 10:56pm

Location West Street at Institute Road
Current status Under Investigation
Updated date Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 11:46am
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident Suspicious Person(s)
Description

     On 3/02/20 at approximately 10:56PM, a WPI student reported that they observed a suspicious vehicle; a red Ford Taurus sedan with Massachusetts License Plate:81S520  parked on West Street near Institute Road. The reporting party advised WPI Police that while walking by the vehicle they observed a male individual described as a Hispanic Male in his 30’s, wearing a gray jacket sitting alone in the car engaging in a lewd sexual act.  The vehicle left the area driving west on Institute Road towards Park Ave. WPI Police searched the area but the vehicle was gone.

     No communication took place between the student and the suspicious person.

    This incident is currently under investigation by WPI Police and Worcester Police.

 

Update: 03/02/20

The WPI Safety Notifications issued for a “Suspicious Person” in the area of West Street and Institute Street on February 29 and March 02 involve the same suspect. This suspect has been identified and subsequently trespassed from WPI Property. WPI and Worcester Police continue to investigate these incidents and options through the Worcester District Court.       

 

Prevention Advice
  • Be alert, report any suspicious persons or activity to WPI Police
  • Do not hold doors open, and make sure doors closed behind you. 
  • Keep all "Card Access" doors secure.
  • Report to Campus Police any unknown parties who "piggyback" to gain access into "Card Access secured areas".
  • Utilize WPI Campus Safety Transports Services: Gateway Shuttle, theShuttle and SNAP-831-6111.   
Additional Prevention Advice
  • Do not pursue after any suspects
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. That way, you will be able to react to any suspicious activity going on around you which might put your stuff (and you) in danger.
  • Walk purposefully and briskly. If you are followed
  • Avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas.
  • Always report any suspicious activity immediately to WPI Police 508.831.5433 or Emergency line 508.831.5555.

 

Be Alert

Students and Employees are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or incidents to WPI Police immediately. The WPI Police Department is providing this information to aid in your personal safety on campus. Utilize WPI Campus Safety Transports Services: Gateway Shuttle, theShuttle and SNAP 508-831-6111.

Contact Information WPI Police Department: +1-508-831-5433 or Worcester Police +1-508-799-8601
Resolution No

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 3:12pm

Location 157 West Street
Current status Under Investigation
Updated date Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 1:39pm
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident Suspicious Person(s)
Description

     On 02/29/20 at approximately 3:12PM, a WPI student reported that they observed a suspicious vehicle (Ford Taurus-sedan-maroon/dark red) parked in front of 157 West Street. The reporting party advised WPI Police that while walking by the vehicle they observed a male individual described as: a White Male in his 40’s, unshaven, wearing a black knit hat, and black sunglass, sitting alone in the car engaging in a lewd sexual act.  WPI Police went to the scene but the vehicle had left the area.  No communication took place between the student and the suspicious person.

    This incident is still under investigation by WPI and Worcester Police.

Update: 03/02/20 

The WPI Safety Notifications issued for a “Suspicious Person” in the area of West Street and Institute Street on February 29 and March 02 involve the same suspect. This suspect has been identified and subsequently trespassed from WPI Property. WPI and Worcester Police continue to investigate these incidents and options through the Worcester District Court.       

Prevention Advice
  • Be alert, report any suspicious persons or activity to WPI Police
  • Do not hold doors open, and make sure doors closed behind you. 
  • Keep all "Card Access" doors secure.
  • Report to Campus Police any unknown parties who "piggyback" to gain access into "Card Access secured areas".
  • Utilize WPI Campus Safety Transports Services: Gateway Shuttle, theShuttle and SNAP-831-6111.   
Be Alert

Students and Employees are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or incidents to WPI Police immediately. The WPI Police Department is providing this information to aid in your personal safety on campus. Utilize WPI Campus Safety Transports Services: Gateway Shuttle, theShuttle and SNAP 508-831-6111.

Contact Information WPI Police Department: +1-508-831-5433 or Worcester Police +1-508-799-8601
Resolution No

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 8:38pm

Location West St @ Elbridge St.
Current status Open
Updated date Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 8:52pm
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident Assault & Battery, Unarmed Robbery
Description

   On Tuesday January 21,2020 at 1958 hours, Worcester Police responded to 24 Elbridge St for an unarmed robbery. Worcester Police notified WPI Police that the unarmed robbery occurred at the intersection of West St and Elbridge St. The victim who was a WPI student was walking down West St when two males approached him. The two males then assaulted the victim and took his wallet and car keys. The two males were described as black males, dressed in all black, wearing hoodies and both were over 6'0 tall. The suspects fled on foot down Elbridge St and took a left on Boynton St and continued to flee in an unknown direction.  The incident only lasted a few minutes.There were no witnesses to this incident and there are currently no suspects at this time. The Worcester Police Detective Bureau and the WPI Police Department are actively investigating the incident. 

Prevention Advice
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas.
  • Don't use headphones while walking.
  • Use well-traveled routes.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Walk purposefully and briskly. If you are followed
  • Always report any suspicious activity immediately to WPI Police 508.831.5433 or Emergency line 508.831.5555.
  • Do not pursue after any suspects
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. That way, you will be able to react to any suspicious activity going on around you which might put your stuff (and you) in danger.
  • Use a hands-free unit
  • Don't leave your phone unattended
  • Do not text and walk at the same time
  • Hide your phone away when you are not using it
  • Do not keep your personal information in your phone
  • Password protect your device
  • Use an anti-theft software
Be Alert

Students and Employees are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or incidents to WPI Police immediately. The WPI Police Department is providing this information to aid in your personal safety on campus. Utilize WPI Campus Safety Transports Services: Gateway Shuttle, theShuttle and SNAP-831-6111.

Contact Information Worcester Police Department – Detective Bureau: +1-508-799-8651
WPI Police Department: +1-508-831-5433
Resolution No

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 1:15am

Location 26 Boynton Street
Current status Open
Updated date Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 3:06am
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident Suspicious Person(s)
Description

On Thursday January 16, 2020 at approximately 01:15 hours, a student reported seeing an older male exiting out of a parked vehicle which belonged to another student.  The male was described as an older dark skinned male, thin build wearing a green military style jacket, black hat, black pants and a black backpack.  The male subject left the area on a bicycle in the direction of Salisbury Street.

WPI Police Department and Worcester Police Department are investigating 

Prevention Advice
  • Be alert, report any suspicious persons or activity to WPI Police
  • Do not hold doors open, and make sure doors closed behind you. 
  • Keep all "Card Access" doors secure.
  • Report to Campus Police any unknown parties who "piggyback" to gain access into "Card Access secured areas".
  • Utilize WPI Campus Safety Transports Services: Gateway Shuttle, theShuttle and SNAP-831-6111.   
Be Alert

Students and Employees are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or incidents to WPI Police immediately. The WPI Police Department is providing this information to aid in your personal safety on campus. Utilize WPI Campus Safety Transports Services: Gateway Shuttle, theShuttle and SNAP 508-831-6111.

Contact Information Worcester Police Non-emergency: +1-508-799-8607 or Emergency 911
WPI Police Department: +1-508-831-5433 or Worcester Police +1-508-799-8601