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Happy July 4 ... and lock the door!

Have a good holiday, but lock the windows and doors on your way out.

That was the advice offered by Campus Police in an e-mail circulated Thursday.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer of the Campus Police crime prevention unit reminded members of the community not to tempt mischievous members of the crowd that gathers on both banks of the Charles River to view the July 4 fireworks.

"In an effort to reduce thefts and increase safety, please secure all office doors and accessible windows," Vossmer said. "This will help to reduce the chances of outsiders wandering into MIT buildings.

"Outsiders may try to gain access due to the excellent view of the fireworks, convenience of bathrooms or the opportunity to steal unlocked and unattended items - computers, compact disc players, digital cameras or the typical wallet and cash."

Vossmer also reminded members of the community that fireworks are illegal and may not be ignited on rooftops. Massachusetts law calls for fines of $100 to $1,000 or up to a year in prison for possessing or selling fireworks. In addition, MIT levies a $50 fine for being on the rooftop of an academic building and a $500 fine for being on the rooftop of Building 54.

More information on Boston's Fourth of July celebration.

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