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Community Advisory - Burglaries in Yard Dorms - UPDATE

July 27, 2022

On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, HUPD detectives sought criminal complaints at Cambridge District Court for the unlawful entry into Wigglesworth Hall on July 11th. The Court granted complaints against the offender for Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime and Trespassing and issued an arrest warrant. On Tuesday afternoon, HUPD detectives while on patrol observed the offender near campus and subsequently placed the individual under arrest for the active warrant.

The two additional unlawful entries into Yard Dorms are still under investigation by HUPD’s...

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Community Advisory - Burglaries in Yard Dorms - Update

March 3, 2022

This morning, at approximately 1:00 AM, an HUPD officer on a directed patrol in response to a series of recent burglaries in Harvard Yard, observed an unidentified male behaving in a suspicious manner around several undergraduate residences. The officer contacted the individual and conducted a field interview. During the interview, the officer determined that the individual was a suspect in the previous burglaries in Harvard Yard. Additionally, another unlawful entry was reported that had just occurred in Canaday Hall. The officer determined that the individual stopped was the...

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Community Advisory - Burglaries in Yard Dorms

February 25, 2022

Over the last week, the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) responded to two (2) reports of unlawful entries occurring in Mower Hall and Wigglesworth Hall. In both instances, occupants reported that while they were sleeping, someone climbed through their first floor window and stole laptops, Air Pods, a backpack, and a wallet from their rooms.

It is unclear whether these incidents are connected. Both of these incidents are being actively investigated by HUPD detectives. If you have any information about these incidents, please call the Harvard...

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Community Advisory - Drink Spiking in the Cambridge and Boston Areas

February 17, 2022

The Harvard University Police Department has received information from the Boston and Cambridge Police Departments that they have seen an increase in reports of spiked beverages at bars in their cities.

Drink spiking is when an offender adds a scentless, colorless and tasteless drug in the drink of an unsuspecting victim. The effects of drink spiking vary. Symptoms could include loss of balance, visual impairment, confusion, or nausea. Drink spiking is a crime.

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Toys for Tots

December 7, 2021

The HUPD is excited to join the Marines and their long running program, Toys for Tots, this holiday season. If any community member would like to participate, please feel free to bring a new, unwrapped toy to our donation box located at the lobby of HUPD, 1033 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor. Thank you for your consideration and generosity with this great program.

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Safety and Self-Defense Classes

October 19, 2021

The HUPD is hosting two safety and self-defense courses on Sunday, November 14th and Saturday, November 20th. The classes will be held outdoors at the Sunken Gardens on Appian Way from 10AM to 12PM and free for all Harvard community members.

Child Safety Seat Event on 9/30/21

September 20, 2021
The HUPD urges parents and caregivers to ensure their child safety seats are properly installed. On Thursday, September 30, 2021, HUPD will have certified technicians available to provide free hands-on child safety seat inspections and advice from 2PM until 6PM at 113 Western Ave, Allston, MA. For additional information or to register for the event, please email cpstech@hupd.harvard.edu.

Community Advisory - Assault and Batteries Harvard Square area, Cambridge

August 30, 2021

Beginning Tuesday evening (8/24/21), four assault and batteries were committed against male victims in the area of Harvard Square. Three of the victims were graduate students and the fourth victim was unaffiliated with the University. In each of the incidents the victims identified the offender as a white male, twenty to forty years of age, and riding on a bicycle. In three of the incidents, no words were exchanged prior to the offender punching the victims. These incidents occurred both during the day and in the early evening. None of the victims knew the offender nor required...

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Welcome, Chief Victor Clay

August 27, 2021

The HUPD would like to welcome Victor Clay as the new chief of police for the Harvard University Police Department. Chief Clay comes to our community with more than 35 years of law enforcement experience, marked by an outstanding commitment to community engagement, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about Chief Clay, please feel free to review the Harvard Gazette article introducing him to the Harvard community....

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Community Outreach Activities

August 2, 2021
If your school, house, department, or location want to arrange for an officer to come out and conduct a safety talk or a bicycle/laptop registration, please contact us at outreach@hupd.harvard.edu in order to arrange the meeting.

Community Advisory - Burglaries -Yard Dorms and River Houses

February 3, 2020

Over last weekend, 2/1/20 and 2/2/20, the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) responded to six (6) reports of thefts occurring in River Houses and Yard dorms.  In three (3) of the incidents, doors were either left unsecured or a key was left in the door.  In two (2) of the incidents, property was stolen during a party.  In three (3) of the incidents a suspect(s) entered rooms that were occupied.  In the thefts occurring in occupied rooms, the residents did not observe or have any contact with...

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Community Advisory - Phone Service Interruption

November 17, 2019

Due to a network issue, community members are unable to dial out on almost all desk phones. This includes the ability to call 911. Persons needing to contact the HUPD or 911 should do so by using their cell phone or a blue-light phone on campus. The HUPD can be reached at 5-1212 or 617-495-1212 from a cell phone.

University officials are working with local phone companies to address this issue.

More updates to follow.

Community Advisory - Phone Service Interruption - CLOSEOUT...

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Grand Opening of the HUPD Office at the Smith Campus Center

October 23, 2019

Please join the HUPD at the grand opening of the Department's new office at the Smith Campus Center on Wednesday, 10/23 from 1 to 5 PM.  The office is located 2nd floor of the Welcome Pavilion.  Refreshments will be served and persons interested in registering their laptop can do so.  

Community Advisory - Harvard Square Armed Suspect Search

August 6, 2019

On Monday, August 5, 2019, at approximately 10:55 PM, the Harvard University Police Department received information from both the Cambridge Police Department and the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) that the Philadelphia Police Department issued a warrant for a murder suspect, Sohan Panjrolia, a 2013 graduate of the Harvard University Extension School, and after an initial investigation, was believed to be in Harvard Square.  Per the Philadelphia Police Department, the suspect was believed to be armed....

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Community Advisory - Unarmed Robbery

March 4, 2019

On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 7:25 PM a male undergraduate student reported to the Harvard University Police Department that he was robbed while walking with another student in Harvard Yard near Thayer Hall. During the incident, the victim stated that they were approached by two unidentified males, when one of the males requested to see one of his Apple Air Pods in order to determine if his charger was working properly. Once the first Air Pod was handed over, the unidentified male then demanded the second one....

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Community Advisory - Indecent Assault and Battery

December 11, 2018

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at approximately 5:00 AM a female undergraduate student reported to the Harvard University Police Department that she was indecently assaulted while on Plympton Street near Quincy House at approximately 12:45 AM.  The victim reported that she was approached by two males who called out to her.  One of the males grabbed her, threw her against a wall and then began kissing her and fondled her chest.  The victim immediately began screaming and fled the area.  The victim was...

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2018 Annual Security Report available

October 1, 2018

The University is required by federal law (The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092(f), known as the “Clery Act”) to publish an Annual Security Report and an Annual Fire Safety Report.

The Harvard University Police Department publishes the Annual Security Report, entitled “Playing it Safe,” which includes information about the HUPD, how to report a crime, HUPD’s crime prevention programs, substance abuse, sensitive crimes, emergency notifications, and other important information about security and...

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