7 Must-Read Campus Safety Tips

If you’re heading to college to get your degree, you’ve got to take care of yourself. College campus crime is real and varied, from petty theft to sexual assault to drunk driving. Always conduct yourself with respect, and always be mindful of your surroundings. We’ve also got seven other must-read campus safety tips to keep you safe, not sorry.

  1. Stay Alert

    When you’re out and about, make sure you’re aware of your surroundings. It may sound elementary, but many a police report has started with “I just didn’t know what I was getting myself into.” Be responsible for yourself, and respect yourself enough to stay away from clearly dangerous situations.

  2. Go Toward The Light

    College campuses look academic and sleepy, but they are often hotbeds of criminal activity. Don’t let that scare you; just be mindful. Stay away from dark or sparsely populated areas. If you have to go for a run at night, hit the gym or take a buddy.

  3. Have An Accountability Partner

    If you went missing, how long would it take for someone to notice? While everyone’s parents would begin to get worried after several days, make sure you have an on-campus friend or roommate that knows what you’re doing. If you don’t have any friends, feel free to constantly post your whereabouts to Facebook. It will be annoying, but at least someone will suspect a problem if you don’t check in every few hours.

  4. Lock, Take, Hide

    For safety when driving around campus, remember the annoying red signs: LOCK your car. TAKE your keys. HIDE your belongings. If you have children, pets, or a frat brother in the car, don’t forget to take them, too.

  5. Bottle the Buds

    If you’re walking around and it’s not broad daylight, ditch the earbuds, if you can. Part of campus safety is being responsible for yourself, and it’s your job to be able to hear footsteps behind you or a “Heads up!” when you’re walking through the disc golf course.

  6. Program Your Phone

    Especially if you live on a residential campus. “Mom” can remain your No. 1 speed dial. Your roommate, best friend on campus, and campus security should also be on the list. One-touch dialing makes it easier to report a problem, and you always want to be able to call someone in close proximity. Having campus security on speed dial? Well, that’s just smart.

  7. No Paper, Just Plastic

    ATMs are notorious in and around college campuses for being a hotspot for crimes. If safety is a concern, try not to carry or extract cash obviously or unsafely. The buddy system is always good if you do have to hit a sketchy ATM spot, especially at night. It might be more difficult to budget with plastic, but safety trumps money, every time.

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