CITIZEN ALERT: Cambridge Police Ask Students to be Vigilant while Walking to School

Student Reports Being Followed While Walking to School


A Peabody School student reported being approached by an adult they did not know and followed yesterday (1/17) morning on the way to school.  The student informed school staff who immediately contacted the child’s parents and the Cambridge Police Department.

The student described the male as being a white male in his 50's, about 5'7'', medium build, with a white beard.

Cambridge Police are actively investigating the reported activity, have placed extra resources in the area, and have notified all School Resource Officers of the incident. 

Although investigators have not been able to determine the motives of the individual in question at this time, CPD asks that parents and caregivers please remind children to be vigilant about stranger-danger.  Children should not talk to anyone they do not know, and if an issue happens that they feel uncomfortable with, they should find an adult they trust and report any suspicious activity as soon as possible.

More street safety tips are available by visiting our website at and clicking on the “Street Safety” link.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300.

Students with cell phones are also encouraged to download the Cambridge Police “MyPD” app from the Android Market or iPhone App Store to submit tips about suspicious activity from the palm of their hand.  Tips can also be sent via text message by sending a text to Tip411 (847411).  Begin the message with Tip650 and then type the information you wish to share.

Please remember that these technologies are not replacements for 9-1-1.  If you witness or are involved in an emergency situation, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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