Your Role In Staying Safe

What are the hours of operation for the shuttle buses and vans and the walking escort program?

For information on shuttle buses and van routes and hours of operation, please call University Transportation Services at 617-495-0400 or visit www.uos.harvard.edu/transportation/.

During the academic year, the Harvard University Campus Escort Program (HUCEP) operates from 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Sunday through Wednesday, and 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. For additional information please call 617-384-8327 or visit http://www.hupd...

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How frequently do people report being followed?

I was followed on my way home the other day and have heard other instances of this happening recently in the area. How do you advise handling a situation like that?
Occasionally people will report that they feel they were being followed. People should trust their instincts and react appropriately. That could mean changing direction, entering a public location (such as a restaurant or store), relocating to a well-lit or well-traveled location, or calling the police from a cell phone or one of the blue light phones located throughout campus. The best piece of advice we can give you is to...

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What would you suggest is the best way to handle lone walks through poorly lit areas?

Often I have to leave campus late, and especially when it becomes darker early, I find myself walking alone at night. Are there phones or some other way to communicate with campus police in case of an emergency? Is there a direct line I can save on speed dial?
There are numerous police assistance phones located at outdoor locations throughout the campus; they have blue lights above them for easy identification. These phones should be used to report suspicious activity, crimes in progress, or any emergency situation. The dispatcher will identify the location of the phone being used and...

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How safe is Harvard's campus compared to other local colleges and to urban campuses in general?

 Isn't this something that the University must report on each year, and how would I be able to see that information?
Annually we report three years worth of crime statistics to the Department of Education (http://www.hupd.harvard.edu/clery-act-statistics). We do not like to compare ourselves to other schools when it comes to criminal statistics as we are concerned primarily with what is occurring on our campus and what we need to do in partnership with the community to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe. Our statistics do show, however, that our crime rate is...

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