The MIT Campus Police are distributing a booklet titled "Safety and Security at MIT" that describes many of the support services and programs developed at MIT "to help all members of the community enjoy their years at MIT as free as possible from the effects of criminal activity."
The booklet was developed in compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The federal law requires that beginning this September, and annually thereafter, universities publish statements of campus policies governing security procedures and also report statistics concerning specified criminal offenses.
Sections in the booklet include: Campus Safety Shuttle Service; Reporting of Crimes and Emergencies to Campus Police; Procedures for Reporting Crime Statistics; Monitoring and Recording Criminal Activity at Off-Campus Student Organizations; Access to Campus Housing Facilities; Housing Guest Policy and Housing Security Features and Maintenance; Access to Institute Facilities; Information on Campus Security Procedures and Practices; Crime Prevention Education Programs; Policies Regarding the Use of Alcohol and the Possession, Use and Sale of Illegal Drugs; and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs.
The statistics on criminal offenses (see table below) show that MIT has had no murders in the past three years. There was one reported rape in 1989, two in 1990 and none in 1991. The 1991 Campus Police report describes these as acquaintance rapes.
Other criminal offenses in each of the three years (1989, 1990, 1991) covered by the reporting period were: robberies, 0-4-3; aggravated assaults, 3-3-9; burglaries, 44-62-25; and motor vehicle thefts, 41-44-66. In the category of arrests in 1991, there were none for liquor law violations, three for drug abuse violations and three for weapons possession.
Chief Anne Glavin said MIT community members who have not received a copy of the booklet by next week can obtain one by calling the Campus Police at x3-9755.
A version of this article appeared in the September 16, 1992 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 5).