FAQ

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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Why aren’t all buildings locked up as securely as those on the Longwood campus?

I know that unaffiliated persons are entering academic and administrative buildings, sometimes stealing laptops and other property. 
Universities and colleges are constantly struggling with the appropriate balance of security and people's freedom of movement. Appropriate levels of security are determined by schools and departments in coordination with the HUPD. Regardless of how secure an environment is, we still need community members to take appropriate precautions such as securing their personal property, locking their doors when leaving (even for a moment), and calling us...

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Does HUPD see a lot of theft of iPods/MP3-players on campus?

Does much of this happen as people are using them? Any thoughts on safety while listening to an iPod on campus?

Thieves are constantly looking for unattended, easily transportable, and valuable property to take. iPods are all of the above. The best way to prevent your very expensive item from being stolen is to never leave it unattended in a public setting. We have not experienced any muggings where the offender took the iPod from the victim directly. However, we would suggest changing your headphones from the white headphones that come with the iPod to nondescript black or gray...

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I lost my HUID. What should I do?

The first thing you need to do is disable the card. To do that you need to visit www.huid.harvard.edu. Click on “Authorized Applications” and then select “HUID Lost/Stolen Card Deactivation Form” and follow the instructions. Secondly, to replace your lost HUID, you need to go to the ID Services Office, located on the 8th floor of the Smith Campus Center, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If you find your HUID prior to replacing it, you can reactivate it by visiting www.huid.harvard...

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