College Safety 101: Tips For Your Protection
When it comes to your priorities in college, safety is most likely low on your list. You’ve been so focused on studying, exams, extracurricular activities and your social life that you may not have even realized if you’ve been putting yourself in harm’s way. The good news is that while you may not be able to afford or install expensive security systems, with a little bit of knowledge and a few tips, you can significantly lower your risk of being a victim. Utilize the following safety tips to keep yourself and your property safe while you are in school.
While all campuses take their students’ safety very seriously, it’s still your responsibility to take precautions to ensure your own safety. Remember: it is always better to be overly cautious when your safety’s involved!
On Campus Safety Tips
- Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
- People prey on those who appear weak, always appear to be on alert.
- Memorize campus emergency numbers.
- Know where campus emergency stations are located around the campus.
- Limit distractions such as cell phones when you are alone.
- The buddy system is not just for young kids. Always try to travel in groups.
- When traveling alone, always stay in busy areas that are well-lit.
- Always alert a trusted person of your whereabouts.
- Never leave items out in plain sight in your car. Lock valuable items away in your trunk.
- When using public computers, be sure you log off before you walk away.
- Emergency services are there for your protection. Always report any suspicious activity as soon as you see it.
Dorm Safety Tips
- Be cautious about who you allow in your dorm and building. Always ask for identification from delivery people before opening any doors.
- Never give extra keys away. Also, do not hide spare keys outside of your dorm.
- Always keep windows and doors locked.
- Keep your keys in hand when returning to your dorm or car so that if you need to inside quickly you can.
- Maintain a close relationship with your resident assistant and notify them of any suspicious activity, vehicles or people near or in your dorm.
- While social networks are fun, you must be cautious of the information you release on them and online in general. Never post personal information or your location online.