Quad Safety

We, as Quad residents and members of the Harvard community, feel that increased safety concerns necessitate immediate action on the part of Harvard's administration. The increased visibility of security incidents on and near campus has sparked concern. Arising from discussions within our HoCos about safety, and as part of an ongoing dialog with our House administrations and HUPD, the following list of suggestions and concerns articulates what we feel to be practicable and necessary action items for the University's administration. Harvard, please help keep us safe and consider the following measures as part of a comprehensive plan that addresses safety concerns on campus. First, we should have more officers assigned to the Quad. During a safety meeting with HUPD, Pfoho's HoCo Execs were informed that only one to two officers are stationed near the Quad during night hours. This is only a few people for too great an area, especially considering that our zone includes KSG. Even if this means hiring more officers, so that one could be placed by the Commons, one at KSG, and one as back-up placed nearer to the Quad, Harvard should hire more officers, since the expense is well worth its crime-preventative value. HUPD officers are an AMAZING part of campus and they do a great job to keep us safe. Please, HIRE more HUPD officers and support their great work! Second, please add more night shuttles. Students have reported being told by the night van shuttle that they would have to wait unspecified amounts of time and that it would be better for them to go to the Boylston Gate stop. Students need a reliable van shuttle service that can come at a prompt time to make the service effective and useful. Furthermore, the Boylston Gate stop should have more shuttles coming at more frequent intervals at night, especially at the times when many organization meetings end, such as 10pm and 11pm. Third, please help fund a HUPD safety awareness campaign. Please fund the creation of large maps that highlight where blue phones are. Fourth, please add more blue phones on Garden St. This is the main route that students take to get home, and this is the location of many of the most recent incidents. If one inspects the placement of blue phones, there are many phones within the Yard; however, the spacing of blue phones on Garden St. is much farther apart. There should be more phones on Garden St., including along the places outside of Harvard's jurisdiction. Harvard should collaborate with Cambridge to get phones placed along those areas of concern. The jurisdictional hurdle was successfully overcome in the Commons; surely with some hard work an agreement can be reached again. Please consider all of these concerns and help us work to improve safety for the Quad and for the greater Harvard Community. Thank you! Quad Residents and Supporting Members of the Harvard Community

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