WPI Safety Notifications

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:30pm

Location Somerset Street near William Street
Current status Under Investigation
Updated date Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 4:41pm
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident Accosting
Description

     On 6/15/19 a student reported to WPI Police that on 6/14/19 at approx 10:30PM she was accosted while walking on Somerset Street.  The Student reports that she was walking on Somerset Street toward William Street when she encountered 3 males (2 white males, and 1 light skinned Hispanic or black male, all in their 20's).  The males began to yell obscenities and vulgar statements at the student.  The student changed direction and began to walk away from the group, but was followed by the 3 individuals who continued to yell obscenities and threatening language at her.  She was able to get some distance from the group, and evaded them, at which time they left the area on foot.

 

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.
  • Immediately report all suspicious persons and situations to the WPI Police.
  • 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, May 7, 2019 - 7:56am

Location John Street (Off Campus Property)
Current status Under Investigation
Updated date Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:09pm
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident Breaking & Entering-Attempted
Description

On 05/07/19 WPI Police received a report of an attempt breaking and entering on an off campus property. A WPI student reports that at approximately 07:56 AM she woke up to a sharp clicking sound outside her apartment window. She checked both windows and observed a person, about 5'5", skinny, wearing a black padded winter jacket with a no fur hood with a bright pink backpack.  She banged on the window and the suspect took off jumping over a wall, fence and through a parking lot. No other direction of travel provided.

Prevention Advice
  • Make sure all interior windows and doors are locked and dead bolted when closed.
  • If there is an intruder in your home do not confront, stay in a safe place and call police immediately
  • Make sure there are no ladders or other yard tools that could be used to gain access to a window. Exterior lighting is a deterrent. Inventory your property with a video recorder or camera.
  • Record the serial numbers of your property.
  • Draw your shades.
  • Remove expensive articles from the residence when away for extended periods of time.
  • Establish relationships with neighbors and check on each other's property when away.
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 Main Number: +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 3:11am

Location Salisbury Street by Boynton Street
Current status Under Investigation
Updated date Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 4:10am
Crime Suspicious Person
Description

     On 4/20/19 WPI Police received a report of a suspicious person in the area of Salisbury Street at Boynton Street.  A WPI student reports that at approx.1:30AM she was walking west on Salisbury Street heading to Salisbury Estates when she observed a male following/walking behind her.  The male was described as a white male in his 50's wearing a brown "zip style" jacket , and was balding.  This male made inappropriate comments to the student during the time she walked on Salisbury Street until the student decided to enter Goddard Hall.  A that point the male continued walking and left the area.

Additional Prevention Advice
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use well-traveled routes.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Be observant and plan to be a good witness.
  • Walk purposefully and briskly. If you are followed.
  • Don’t engage with suspicious persons, walk away if possible

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
WPI Police Main Number: +1-508-831-5433 or Emergency +1-508-831-5555
Status of Investigation Open
Resolution No

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 4:35pm

Location Institute Road at Einhorn
Current status Open
Updated date Friday, April 12, 2019 - 5:34pm
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident Aggressive Panhandler
Description

     On 4/12/19 at approx. 4:35PM WPI Police received a call of an aggressive panhandler in the area of Einhorn Road and Institute Road.  An employee reports that while walking to her vehicle she was encountered by a white male in his 40's, approx. 5' 8", with a scruffy beard, and a tattoo on his face, wearing baggy pants and a flat brim hat.  The male asked her for money and appeared intoxicated.  When the employee refused to give him money, he continued to follow her and ask for money until the employee got into her vehicle.  

Prevention Advice
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use well-traveled routes.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Be observant and plan to be a good witness.
  • Walk purposefully and briskly. If you are followed.
  • Don’t engage with aggressive panhandler, walk away if possible
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

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 11:41pm

Location 11 Goulding St
Current status Under Investigation
Updated date Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:58am
Type of Crime / Nature of Incident Assault & Battery
Description

 

   The WPI Police Department responded with the Worcester Police to 11 Goulding St for the report of a past Assault and Battery.  At around 11:30 pm the victim, a WPI student was outside on the sidewalk taking out their trash when they were approached by an unknown male. This male was described as a dark skinned male 6'2, wearing dark baggy jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt. The male suspect assaulted the victim out in the front of their residence. The assault lasted no more than a few seconds . The suspect fled on foot towards the direction of Highland St. There were no witnesses to the incident and currently there are no suspects at this time. The WPI Police Department and the Worcester 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