Safety and Security

Every major city has areas that have higher crime rates than others. There are safety precautions that can be taken to maintain a safer city life style. The university document Playing it Safe, available from the Harvard University Police Department, contains important information on crime prevention programs and services at Harvard. It also outlines federal and state laws and university policies on sexual offenses (including rape, date rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other sexual offenses). For more information, please call Harvard University Police (617-432-1212). In a life safety emergency, please call 9-1-1.

The Longwood Area police are stationed at 90 Smith Street. Officers are available to give assistance 24 hours a day.

Security in FXB Building (617-432-1040, 24 hours a day)
Security guards are posted at all Harvard Longwood area building entrances. Guards will ask you to stop and show your ID.

MessageMe: Emergency Notification System
MessageMe allows the University to quickly distribute critical information to you, wherever you are located, during an emergency. MessageMe helps you to stay informed in the event of an emergency by sending alerts to your personal electronic device (cell phone, pda, smartphone, etc.) through text messaging, voice and/or email. Please enroll in the MessageMe Program (This requires an annual renewal.) at

Taxi Escort Service
The taxi escort service is available to HSPH students on a first come, first serve basis. The hours of operation are 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. seven days a week. Those eligible to use the service must have a current, valid Harvard University ID for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The taxi escort is arranged though the security officer stationed at the FXB Security Desk at 651 Huntington Avenue upon presentation of a current, valid ID. Security will distribute a taxi voucher and coordinate taxi pick-up. The taxi service is free within a one mile radius of the campus. Should your destination go beyond the one mile radius of the campus, the taxi meter will be turned on and you will be responsible for the additional fare beyond the one mile radius. Each taxi will only go to one destination with up to four riders. Multiple riders going to different destinations will require separate taxis and vouchers. Traffic and weather conditions may affect the timeliness of the taxi service.

Walking Escort Service
The Harvard Longwood Campus has a walking escort service available 24 hours a day. On request, the security officer will escort faculty, staff, or students to any of the Longwood Campus Area parking lots, buildings, or local “T” stops. To use this service, call 617-432-1379. Please call ahead as it may take as long as fifteen minutes for your escort to arrive. Please wait for your escort once you have called.