For many students, leaving for college is the first time that you are moving out of your parents home and going to be living on your own. While this is an exciting experience and some of the best years of people’s lives, there are also some safety concerns with students moving away and living on their own. And while most campuses aren’t generally high risk crime areas, because there are so many different types of people you come across in college, it is important to feel safe, to know how to handle situations, and to be prepared should any type of unfortunate incident occur.
- Be prepared- Because there is no guarantee that your campus is 100% safe from crime, it is a good idea to be prepared. Carrying mace on you at all times, being alert and aware of your surroundings, carrying your cellular phone with you at all times, and having your keys ready for fast entrance in your car or home, are all ways to take precaution while on campus. For these and more safety tips on campus, Dateline NBC offers precautions and advice for college students.
- Be alert- Being alert and aware of your surroundings is one of the most important things to remember. While walking from class to class, and walking to and from your car or home, be alert of who and what is going on around you. If you recognize the same person, and they seem to be following you, let someone know. This is also goes with seeing someone loitering around the dorms or your car.
- Use the buddy system- Try to avoid going anywhere alone- no matter what time of day it is. Simply put, criminals are less likely to target someone that is accompanied by another person. While walking anywhere, try to walk in areas that are well-lit and populated, so that there are people around. Should you ever feel frightened or at risk, use your phone to call for help or find an emergency phone- they are located on most campuses. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the emergency phones on campus.
- Check-in- It is a good idea to let someone know where you are going and about what time you should be getting home. Let a roommate, someone in your dorm, a friend, or family member know your schedule, what time you get out of class, and what time to expect you, so that someone knows something is wrong if you don’t show up.
- Speak out- If you ever have a concern for your safety, speak your concerns to whoever can help you. Whether you feel your safety is threatened by a professor, a classmate, a staff member, someone that lives in your dorm, etc., let someone know. There are plenty of people you should be able to voice your concerns with including campus police, security, and school administrators. Should you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, do not hesitate to ask campus police or security to escort you.
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