Yale's Police Chief, Ronnell Higgins, sent out his annual safety message to the Yale community on Friday, May 24, advising on how to prevent crime both on campus and in the City of New Haven.
Dear Yale Community Members:
As summer arrives in New Haven, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some simple steps you can take to prevent crime and to support the efforts of the Yale and New Haven Police Departments. I am pleased to report that violent crime continues a downward trend citywide, but at the same time we have seen a recent increase in robberies, and we are also seeing burglaries near campus, especially in the East Rock and Prospect Hill neighborhoods, some of which occurred while the occupants were home. In response to these incidents the New Haven Police have stepped-up patrols in the area, and Yale Police have also increased patrols.
Many burglaries occur when a thief finds a window open or a door unlocked, and some very 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 or by using timer devices for interior lights, and make sure that all windows and doors are locked before you leave.
There are also some steps you can take to decrease the chances of becoming the victim of street crime. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and trust your instincts if you feel unsafe--never hesitate to call the Yale Police. Avoid walking alone and seek well–lit and populated areas. Don’t display cash or cell phones on the street. Many street robberies occur when individuals are distracted with other activities, such as talking on the phone or listening to music with headphones. Make use of 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 an immediate call to police as soon as suspicious activity is observed. Call us at (203) 432-4400 or text your anonymous tip to 67283; begin the stream with yaletip. You can also call the New Haven Police at (203) 946-6316.
Best wishes for an enjoyable summer, and thanks for your assistance in keeping our campus – and our community – safe.
Ronnell A. Higgins , Chief of Police