College is a time where you will make new friends, discover what really intrigues you, and find a path that will train you for your career. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be a challenging time of life.
It has become easy for college students to get swept away in all the excitement and put themselves in dangerous situations without even realizing it. When that happens, you become vulnerable and can easily become a victim of a crime if you aren’t careful.
Here are some campus safety tips to consider when you are on campus.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Students are campus are typically preoccupied with their smart phones or listening to music through headphones. However, it prevents people from being completely aware of their surroundings, which can be dangerous.Don’t allow yourself to get caught in a bad situation that could have been avoided if you were more aware of what was happening around you. Turn the music down and wait to check your phone later when you are in an area you know is safe. Being aware of your surroundings will help you see if danger is approaching.
- Don’t go out alone at night. If you need to go out at night, try not to go alone. Ask a friend or roommate to go with you if possible. If you need to go out when it’s dark, use extra caution and stay aware of your surroundings. Campuses nationwide have campus security guards on duty at all times, and they will often go with you to your destination after a late class.
- Know about safety checkpoints. Become familiar with the campus and know the campus emergency systems. Learn where landmarks are on the campus and find emergency phones. Also be aware of where the main campus security office is and find out what the hours are and who is available throughout the day and night.
- Protect your social life. Use pseudonyms if you chat on campus message boards or other major social media outlets. Protecting your identity prevents people from finding you when you don’t want them to know who you are or how to find you.If you are of the legal drinking age, don’t become so inebriated you lose control and never be the last one to leave a party. When your friends leave, you should also leave so you don’t put yourself at risk in a situation where you are with unfamiliar people who are also intoxicated.
- Carry pepper spray. Pepper spray cans are small, effective, relatively cheap and most fit to key chains, so there’s no reason not to get one for protection. Also, having your keys in hand with one or two set out when you clench your fist makes for an easy, small weapon you can use. If available, find out if the campus has safety classes or self-defense lessons. The better prepared you are, the better chance you have of keeping yourself safe.
Stay safe on campus and enjoy your years of college with these safety tips.