Indecent Exposure

April 22, 2014
On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at approximately 1:50 PM, a female graduate student reported to the Harvard University Police Department that as she was entering her building at Peabody Terrace she observed an unknown male indecently exposing himself to her.  As she was proceeding to her apartment she again observed the same male in the building.  She immediately entered her apartment and contacted the police.
The victim was not able to provide a detailed description of the offender at that time.  This incident is under investigation.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Harvard University Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 617-495-1796. 

If at any time you observe someone acting in a suspicious manner in the area or attempting to enter residences, please call the Harvard University Police Department at 617-495-1212 immediately.  Suspicious behavior may include a stranger knocking on your door and asking an out-of-place question, such as did you lose these keys, or making an excuse for being found in your room (“I was looking for…”).  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to store this number in their cell phone.  Failing to notify the police immediately can seriously hinder the follow-up investigation.
The Harvard University Police Department wants to remind students, faculty, and staff that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Community members should be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both during the day and at night and to take appropriate precautions. If you are out after dark, try to travel in groups, use only well-lit routes or designated pathways, and do not allow yourself to be distracted by phone calls or by using ear buds.  Make use of shuttle buses, and van service.

You should also note the location of blue light phones. You can learn more about the shuttles and van service at

Students, faculty, and staff also may call the Harvard University Police Department at 617-495-1212 if they believe they are in danger while waiting for transportation due to the hour or circumstance. The Harvard University Police Department will assist with transportation whenever appropriate.
If you suspect you are being followed, stay away from dimly lit areas and head for a store or building that you know to be open. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable about someone near you, head for a populated area and call the Harvard University Police Department.
For more detailed information on safety and security please read the Harvard University Police Department's "Playing it Safe" booklet, which can be found at
For questions about this advisory, please contact the Harvard University Police Department's Public Information Officer, Steven G. Catalano, at 617-495-9225 or by email at
Disseminated at 12:05 PM on April 23, 2014.
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