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How safe is Cambridge, MASS?

harvardlawviolinharvardlawviolin Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
edited August 2009 in Harvard University
Just out of curiosity...
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Replies to: How safe is Cambridge, MASS?

  • PeytonclinePeytoncline Registered User Posts: 2,465 Senior Member
    I would imagine it's pretty safe. I've never been there, so I don't know from first-hand experience. I know there are a number of tourists, but I haven't really heard of any safety issues.
  • smoda61smoda61 Registered User Posts: 2,012 Senior Member
    Safe enough that I am willing to send my daughter there. Keep in mind Harvard is in a city next to an even bigger city. That alone makes it different from some small town out in the country. It does not have a reputation of being a dangerous place. We live 25-30 minutes away.
  • XX55XXXX55XX Registered User Posts: 1,014 Member
    There was the shooting death of a Salem State College student at Harvard a few months ago, but I daresay that Cambridge is safe enough. Of course, you should always exercise personal vigilance, no matter where you are.
  • GAC1107GAC1107 Registered User Posts: 158 Junior Member
    cambridge is a city and like all cities theres going to be crime and violence etc.
  • DwightEisenhowerDwightEisenhower Registered User Posts: 1,704 Senior Member
    I'm a Massachusetts resident, a former Boston resident, and a Harvard freshman. Cambridge, like most cities, is safe if you're smart. I wouldn't suggest walking around by yourself at 3 AM, or walking around by yourself in certain areas at any time at night.
  • ncmentorncmentor Registered User Posts: 1,346 Senior Member
    I lived in Cambridge for many years and a lot depends on what part of town your talking about... It's a small city but there are family, ethnic, student, inner city, and mansion neighborhoods. Most areas are fine with a few exceptions... You can ask about exact neighborhood anytime.
  • harvardlawviolinharvardlawviolin Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    What about the university area? I am aware of the shooting that took place in, what some call "a drug deal gone wrong", but I know from reading that it doesn't happen often, however, I was looking at a list of Ivy League crime, and the most of which happens at Harvard. I just wanted to ask about that.
  • White_RabbitWhite_Rabbit Registered User Posts: 947 Member
    Most of which happens at Harvard?? I'm not sure what that is referring to, but I've always felt pretty safe in Cambridge. Safe enough to go running at 1 am. I think Yale, Columbia, UPenn, and Harvard all have campuses on which you have to be smart when walking around at night. That's just life in a city.
  • anbanb Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    Even at Princeton you need to be careful...I hear there are gangs that have been robbing the town and campus...
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