Boston University, like all national campuses, is required to report its crime statistics for the benefit of their students. That means that up to 2015, you can find every statistic for Boston University. Many students spend an inordinate amount off campus, especially if they move into off campus housing after their freshman year. How do Allston and Brighton, Boston University’s most notorious student slum, measure up to on campus safety standards? This reporter look at Allston Police crime data from 2015 to the present to determine the most significant contributor to crime in Allston.
An enormous amount of police reports are filed about car related incidents: with 795 reports being of a towed vehicle, and another 786 being of a accident with only property damage.
The next two most frequent reports are also innocuous with responses to sick people coming in third and fourth with 635 and investigate person at 674.
It isn’t until fifth that you get to the crimes you would expect in a student slum: petty assault, vandalism and theft. Vandalism has the fifth most reports with 560 total, followed by larceny theft from building with 452 and simple battery at 425.
Martin, a Allston resident attending BU, said, “I think I feel safe.”
“Sometimes the BU Alert scares me, when they say someone with a gun is around Allston.”
Martin’s biggest fear was robbery, which makes sense, given it is one of the higher reported crimes in Allston.
Still, Martin didn’t know anyone who has been robbed, and he’d never been robbed himself.
Though Allston is usually considered rather dangerous by the standards of Boston University students, the amount of simple crimes you would expect simply aren’t there. All in all, Allston seems safer than we’ve been giving it credit for.