What Every Student Must Know About College Security and Personal SafetyBy Frank Santamorena September 03, 2012 | 10:00 AMPosted in: Personal Safety, Family
always important to be aware of your immediate surroundings. Stay alert and be
prepared at all times. Whether you are walking across campus or to a nearby
parking lot, it's important to stay alert. Never have the mindset into thinking
that crime will never happen to you. You can minimize your risk, by following
some basic, yet very important personal safety tips.
Use the Buddy System
often hear “use a buddy system”. There is power in numbers so travel to your
destination with a group rather than to be alone. For your personal safety, make certain that
your cell phone has preprogrammed emergency numbers which includes the campus
police. Another good security practice is to have an extra phone charger to
carry at all times (your car, backpack, etc.) in case your battery needs
charging should you need to use your phone for any reason-especially in the
case of an emergency.
If You See
Something, Say Something
let someone know where you're going, who you'll be with, and when you expect to
return. This is so important when traveling off campus and going on dates. And
should your plans change, contact your friends so they know where you’re
headed. Avoid traveling across unpopulated, remote shortcuts across campus,
especially at night. Should you see any suspicious activity, people, or
vehicles, report this to campus security the moment you notice it. Remember,
“IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING”. It's better to say something and be wrong
than to keep quiet and risk harm to you and others.
Secure your Dorm
to secure your dorm room when you first settle in. It doesn’t matter whether
you live in a dorm room or share an apartment or house; you need more than good
Grade A locks to stay safe. Strongly consider having a basic alarm system
installed; an alarm that is monitored is your best bet. Wireless alarm
are a great choice because they can be very affordable, they are generally
installed quickly, and the service can move with you should you choose to take
it to your next residency.
that your entrance door is the barrier between you and someone trying to get
in. Shore the door of your dorm room
with some form of security door bracing-but make certain you do not break any
fire codes. Ensuring the main entry door
of your dorm room, apartment, or home is secured is extremely important, as
this is the most common entry point for criminals. With such a device in place,
it can make your door virtually impossible to break through, even by the
strongest of burglars or predators.
Personal Safety Tips
safety begins with you. Never attend a party alone. Always bring a trusted
friend with you. Never accept a drink from a stranger or any other person you
don't know. If you didn’t see the drink being made- don't drink it. Always stay in contact with your drink. Never
let your drink out of your sight. Never participate in a Hazing! College is a time for learning and
discovering what it means to be a responsible adult. Staying vigilant and
taking responsibility for your security and personal safety is a great way to
add to your positive college experience; not to mention that your parents and
family members will look favorably and feel more at peace knowing that you have
taken responsibility for your campus security and personal safety matters.
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