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Say Something Campaign

Posted on March 9, 2007

Working to encourage the public to report any activity that is out of the ordinary, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, MBTA General Manager Daniel A. Grabauskas, and law enforcement officials this morning handed out pamphlets, urging the public to take an active role in helping to keep the city and the transit system safe and secure.

"Public safety is not a joke here in Boston. To remain a safe and welcoming city, we need residents to continue to help us. Messages on MBTA buses and trains say, 'If you see something, say something.' That's true of anywhere in the city. If something seems suspicious, please call 911. We would all rather be safe than sorry," Mayor Menino said.

Launched in 2003, the MBTA’s See Something, Say Something campaign promotes the collaborative effort of state and local agencies to work together educating the public to be more aware of their surroundings, and report any behavior that may appear suspicious.

Noting that if it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t, MBTA General Manager Grabauskas said, “Trust your instincts. The riding public can provide extra eyes and ears to make the transit environment safer. No matter how minor the incident, if you see something, say something.”

"Our ability to protect the public depends on citizen involvement," said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. "When it comes to fighting crime on the MBTA and elsewhere, everyone can play a part by calling authorities and alerting them to suspicious activity."

Below are some tips to keep a watchful eye when in transit

  • Watch for backpacks, packages, or bags placed in out-of-the way locations
  • Watch for packages that contain attached batteries, wires, cell phones, or notes
  • Watch for packages that emit a suspicious cloud, mist, gas, or odor.
  • Watch for suspicious behavior such as individuals who abandon a package, and then hastily depart.
  • Watch for a group of people acting in a rehearsed manner.
  • Watch for people carrying spray bottles or aerosol canisters.

Please ….If You See Something, Say Something!
Call the Transit Police at 617-222-1212 or notify an MBTA employee. To report a non-emergency concern call: 1-617-222-8477 (TIPS) or 1-866-773-8368.

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