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 laptops and other small electronic devices. See details
  • Follow all of MIT Police’s guidance about bike safety, security, and registration
  • See additional safety-related resources and guidance from MIT Police 

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.