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New crime-awareness handbook available

The 1999-2000 edition of MIT's federal law compliance document under the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (The Clery Act) is now available in web and hard-copy formats.

The handbook contains business and emergency telephone numbers, a campus map showing Campus Police emergency telephone locations, a suspicious-persons description chart and campus crime statistics.

It also includes an overview of the MIT Campus Police Department and the services it provides, as well as information about Institute policy on a number of issues. Among the topics covered are crime reporting procedures, security and crime prevention practices and programs, sexual assault programs, procedures and reporting, and drug and alcohol policies.

In addition, the handbook provides a Crime Prevention Information Guide with tips for preventing personal and property crimes. This section also gives information about crime prevention services offered by Campus Police and MIT, including Operation Identification, bicycle registration, "street smarts" practices, and handling sexual harassment and/or obscene and harassing telephone calls.

The Safety, Security and Crime Prevention Handbook for MIT can be accessed from the Campus Police home page. Those who want to receive a hard-copy version in the mail should contact Sgt. Cheryl deJong Vossmer at x3-9755 or crimbite@mit.edu.

A version of this article appeared in the September 1, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 44, Number 4).

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