FAQ

Is there a place where I can store money temporarily prior to the bank's opening?

The HUPD maintains a safe deposit box at the front desk of HUPD headquarters at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, sixth floor. The money can be brought in any time, but can be retrieved only during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Before returning to retrieve your money, please call the on-duty supervisor at 617-495-1786 to determine that someone is available to...

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Does the HUPD disseminate incident reports to the public?

No. In the interest of maintaining community members' privacy, the HUPD does not disseminate incident reports to the public. Because the HUPD is a private police agency, it is not required under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Public Record Law to disseminate police reports to the public. The University's Office of the General Counsel has authorized the HUPD to provide both theft and accident victims copies of incident reports, primarily for insurance purposes.

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Can the HUPD write me a letter stating that I have not been arrested?

No. The HUPD does not write letters stating that a student has not been arrested. Community members who need to provide a prospective employer with a document demonstrating that they have not been arrested while attending school need to request a copy of their criminal record from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Board...

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How frequently do people report being followed?

Occasionally, community members report that they feel they were being followed. Community members should trust their instincts and react appropriately to these situations. That could mean changing direction, entering a public location (such as a restaurant or store), relocating to a well-lit or well-traveled location, traveling with a friend or group during late night hours, or calling the police from a phone or one of the BlueLight phones located throughout campus.

Trust your instincts; if something does not feel right, it probably is not. Do not hesitate to call the HUPD at...

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

If possible, try to walk with a friend or in a group when traveling through poorly lit areas or during late night and early morning hours. However, if you have no other option and are walking alone, there are things you can do to protect yourself.

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. An HUPD dispatcher will identify the location of the phone being used, and will...

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What is your biggest concern when it comes to safety at Harvard? What is the most common crime that occurs on campus?

The HUPD is concerned about all crime on campus. We are especially concerned about the personal safety of our community members. The vast majority of crime on campus is property crime (95%). Most of the property reported stolen is left unattended in public areas, or in unlocked rooms or offices. The best advice to follow is to never leave property unattended, and to always lock your office or dorm room door.

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Why does it seem that access to buildings on the Longwood Campus is more restricted than access to buildings on the Cambridge campus?

Universities and colleges are constantly struggling with the appropriate balance of security and 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, community members should still take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and their property, such as by securing their personal property, locking their doors when leaving a room or office (even for a moment), and calling the HUPD immediately when they observe suspicious activity.

Does the HUPD see many thefts of phones and laptops on campus?

Unfortunately, individuals intent on stealing are constantly looking for unattended, easily transportable, and valuable property. The best way to prevent your property from being stolen is to never leave it unattended in a public setting, and always lock your door. Please keep in mind that this includes dorm rooms and offices in secured buildings. Just because the main door to the building is secured, does not mean that your personal room/office is not vulnerable.

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