Boston University Police are increasing patrols around campus this weekend after three separate robberies were reported in a three hour time span near the school.

In a “Campus Safety Message” sent out to the student body Saturday by BU Police Chief Thomas Robbins, officials said all three incidents, one of which the victim said the assailant showed a handgun, involved BU students.

According to police, no one was hurt in the series of unrelated attacks, however.

Police said the first incident happened around 11 p.m. on Friday, near the Shaw’s Supermarket by the west end of campus.

Police said a student was walking in an alley when two individuals robbed him of his cell phone.

The suspects in the first incident were described as a white male, roughly 5’6” to 5’8” with a thin build, and an Asian male with a muscular build.

Just hours later, the second robbery occurred in Brookline near the school’s campus.

According to reports, two white males approached the three victims, one a BU student.

One of the suspects brandished a handgun, the victim told police. The suspects took several items from the victims including their smartphones.

The third incident was an unarmed robbery of a BU student that happened at approximately 1 a.m. on Babcock Street, police said in the letter to students Saturday.

A female victim was sitting on the steps when a black male and black female approached her.

The male allegedly pushed the victim, opened her purse, and took her cell phone and cash. The suspects then left fled in a black sedan towards Commonwealth Avenue.

The robberies come just months after police arrested several people for a series of armed incidents around the campus last semester.

“I would like us all to take a moment and remember that, although your chances of being the victim of a crime are small, your personal commitment to your own safety is crucial,” police said in a letter to students.

Officers offered the following tips to students following the reported robberies this weekend.


  • Always be aware of your surroundings, whether on or off campus;
  • Walk with friends and with others in the area especially at night;
  • If you don’t have anyone to walk with at night, use the escort security service by calling 617.353.4877;
  • Safeguard your valuables by keeping them out of sight; and
  • Report suspicious persons and activity immediately to the Boston University Police Department by calling 617.353.2121 or by texting anonymously at 847411 Keyword: BU