A Guide To Feeling Safe In Boston.

Living in Boston can surface concerns about safety and security. Fortunately, the IHP and City of Boston offer several resources to provide assurance.

Tips for City Living

By becoming more conscious, exercising common sense, and taking precautionary measures, you improve your chances of remaining safe.

  • Trust your instincts. They are the most reliable guides.
  • Always lock your apartment door even when you are home.
  • Never open your door to anyone you don’t know - ask for ID.
  • Never leave your valuables in plain view. Always lock your car and/or bicycle.
  • Keep windows locked when you are not home or sleeping.
  • Keep emergency numbers by the phone or refrigerator.
  • Know your neighbors. Choose someone in case of emergency.
  • When walking, stay in a well-lit area and know where you’re going.
  • Avoid traveling alone, if possible. Be aware, confident and cautious.


Safety Resources

Use MGH Police and Security’s Escort Service - available to Building 199 (parking garage) or Building 149 for students leaving the Institute at night. The MGH Police, Security, and Outside Services of the Charlestown Navy Yard will respond to a request for an escort called into the lobby desk (617) 726-0528. Please call in advance. More information can be found within Campus Safety & Security.

See Campus Safety & Security for information concerning the MGH Institute.

Did you know that you can receive messages from the City of Boston about snow emergencies, parking bans and school closings? Register for this service.

MGH Institute community members living in Boston or in a surrounding community are encouraged to sign up for their local community's emergency notification system: