Personal Safety

MIT is an urban campus and it is open 24 hours a day. We urge you to be cautious and to be aware of your surroundings at all times. In a Police/Fire/Ambulance Emergency, dial "100" from any campus phone, or dial 617-253-1212 from an outside line. MIT Police also advise the following:

  • Program the number 617-253-1212 into your cell phone.
  • Do not hesitate to call if you feel you are in danger or if you become uncomfortable in any situation.
  • Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus, and utilize them in case of an emergency.
  • Keep your doors, laptops, wallets, pocketbooks etc. locked at all times. NEVER leave valuables unattended either in your office or laboratory.
  • Report suspicious activity immediately! Call the MIT Police at 617-253-1212.
  • Take note of the fire exits in your building, and in particular, at least two evacuation routes near your work area. Know the emergency procedures for your unit.
  • Register your laptop computers at the next laptop registration session. See the Crime Prevention Unit page for a list of registration dates.
  • Lock your bicycle at all times. Use a U-lock. Cable locks are easily defeated!
  • Register your bicycle for free.

See also the International Scholars Office’s Safety Tips for Scholars

For information on the MIT Saferide and other transportation options, see Commuter Connections.

MIT Police also provides safety-related seminars upon request for any MIT department or organization; for details see Safety Programs.