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Security at Harvard

posted Jul 27, 2011 18:37:27 by Hub15
Safety is a serious issue made especially crucial when the protective reach of our guardians no longer extends to our every waking moment. The following advice will go a long way toward helping you safeguard your own well-being.
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Hub15 said Jul 27, 2011 22:21:05
I want to preface this by saying that the objective is not to scare you or to degrade your sense of security on campus. However, I think it is important that you all have the resources programmed in your phones should you need them. You will hear all of this again during opening days, but in case you want to snooze though that meeting with the rest of your entryway mates, you can get a head start here. We have various security resources at Harvard and a general knowledge of what they are and how you can use them is good to have.

a) HUPD (yes, it's pronounced hupdee!) is the campus police force. You will see them around the yard, at all organized events, walking around the square, and in just about anywhere you might be. It is a good idea to program their number into your phone: **617-495-1212**. This is their urgent response number. Of course, you can always dial 911. It is also a good idea to register your laptop and bike with them so that in the event of a theft, they have a method of proving that it is yours should it be found. I have always found the officers to be quite friendly. They are always looking for people to talk to because I imagine it gets a bit boring walking around all day. They respond if you press the emergency buttons on the blue light phones around campus. We had a few instances of crime on campus last year, but HUPD is always incredibly responsive and acts quickly to prevent further incidents.

b) Securitas is the contracted security firm that you will see in the houses, in the science center, at the yard gates, etc. They also form Harvard Alpha which responds when you lock yourself out of your room. Which, trust me, is bound to happen! They also have the campus escorts which will walk with you back to your dorm if it is late at night.

c) Harvard Transportation Services also plays a role in your security. The shuttles and evening van service are great ways to get around campus with reduced risk of theft. The evening van service is a call-to-pick up service (free) whereas the shuttles run a set schedule (also free). Check the transportation service website for updated schedules. For Customer Service, call 617-495-0400, (TTY#) 617-496-6642 or Email

Areas to avoid at night: Cambridge Common (the park between the yard and the quad), the unlit parts of Garden Street, Cambridge Street (street to CGIS, Grad School of Design, etc. past Annenberg)

As always, just being smart goes a long way. Here is a list of things you can think about doing now. Some you will have to wait until August for, but definitely go ahead and program the numbers into your phone!
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