Campus Safety Tips for College Students
Campus safety tips for college students and dorm residentsWhether you’re a freshman or a seasoned senior, being conscious about campus safety can be an easy thing to forget once you finish orientation and start getting distracted with classes, extracurricular activities and your social life. College should be fun, but there are also risks that you should be aware of in order to keep yourself safe. According to the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education, from 2008-2010 more than 30,000 criminal offenses were reported on campuses across the country. While it is unlikely that you will be the victim of any criminal acts during your time in college it is always necessary to be prepared.
Use the following tips to protect yourself while you are away at school.
On Campus Safety Tips
- Save all campus emergency numbers and know the location of all campus emergency stations.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings by limiting distractions such as cell phones.
- Walk in groups on well-lit pathways.
- If you must travel alone, walk, drive, or bike in well-lit areas. Also be sure to alert someone of your whereabouts.
- If you have a bike, invest in a quality U-lock to keep it secure.
- Protect your personal information when on campus. Be sure to log off before leaving when using public computers.
- Utilize campus escort services.
- Park in well-lit areas and lock all items in your trunk.
- Report any suspicious activity to emergency services.
Dorm Safety Tips
- Never allow strangers or unauthorized people into your dorm.
- Keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
- Always have your keys ready when returning to your dorm.
- Keep your valuable items locked away and out of sight.
- Be cautious of what personal information you post online. Never post your location or address online or on social networking sites.
- Notify your resident assistant or the authorities about any suspicious people, vehicles or activities in or outside of your building.