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 https://police.mit.edu/laptop-tagging-and-registration.
  • Follow all of MIT Police’s guidance about bike safety, security, and registration https://police.mit.edu/bike-safety-security-and-registration.
  • See additional safety-related resources and guidance from MIT Police https://police.mit.edu/resources 

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.