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Campus safety has always been among the most important issues facing students attending college. Many of us have been forced to walk home alone at some point, because of procrastination (those late nights in the library) or because sometimes it’s a good move to walk home instead of driving (those late nights at the fraternity house). If you want to be as safe as possible, follow these steps to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation.
- Don’t walk alone. Avoid this at all costs if you can. Walking alone late at night makes you a target, especially for females. If you are forced to walk alone, stay aware of your surroundings and avoid talking on the phone.
- Know the phone number for campus safety. Many schools have emergency phones strategically placed throughout campus, however it’s best to have the number saved in your phone.
- Carry a whistle. This will get the attention of others in case of an emergency.
- Always be cautious of who you invite into your home or dorm. You will meet many people in college, but be careful because there is always a small portion of people who are malicious.
- Keep your doors locked and windows closed. This applies to your car as well. National statistics show that theft reports increase on campuses. There were 24,069 burglaries on campuses nationwide in 2009. I once knew a graduate student whose laptop was stolen, and he was forced to start all over on his dissertation. That sucks.
- Follow your instincts. If something isn’t right, more than likely you will get the feeling and act accordingly.
- Stay alert! While walking around campus, keep your eyes scanning your surroundings. Look behind you, in front of you, and check both sides all the time. You will want to know if there is a shady character walking 50 yards behind you.
- Avoid binge drinking when possible. Statistics show that the majority of crime on campuses nationwide are alcohol related.
- Take a self-defense class. Most colleges offer these free of charge and they are useful in the future, not just during your college years.
- Sign up for your school’s campus alert system. Many colleges have these now; they are used to inform students of crimes reported on campus.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, and taking these steps will increase your chances of staying safe even in dangerous situations.
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Statistics from: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/criminal2007-09.pdf