Colleges around the United States are in full swing. Whether you are attending school or you are sending off your young adult, safety is always good to think about. While campuses are doing what they can to help protect their students, individuals need to be aware and vigilant of their own safety.
College Campus Safety Tips
Here is a list of 16 ways that you and your loved ones can stay safe on their college campus.
- Be aware at all times, during the day as well as night time.
- Know your surroundings. If you are going to a new area, make sure you look at directions ahead of time, or go with a friend. You always want to be prepared and not caught by surprise.
- Keep your head up. This includes putting your phone away and being alert.
- If you are alone, find areas to travel, study, and hang out where there are a lot of other people.
- Communicate with friends and family about where you are going and what time you plan to return.
- Carry some kind of alarm system like a whistle on you. If there is an emergency, you can blow the whistle and call for help.
- Be careful what you post on social media sites. Giving out information about your whereabouts and times to your friends is one thing, but it might be those who you don’t want to know who might notice.
- Keep your doors locked as well as the windows locked. If someone comes to the door, make sure you know who they are before letting them enter.
- If you see something suspicious, do not be afraid to mention it to someone. If you find yourself in a position where your instincts cause an alert and something feels off, don’t be afraid to say something about it. You might just be protecting another person.
- Watch what you drink. GHB and Rohypnola are two of the most popular date rape drugs out there and the problem is that they are odorless, tasteless and colorless. The only way to protect yourself from this is to make sure you see who makes your drink and never leave your drink unattended or drink something somebody handed you.
- Trust your instincts. If you have a hunch that someone is up to no good, chances are you are right.
- Travel with a group. If you go with a group, make sure you leave with that group.
- Travel at night in a well-lit area. Crime seems to happen when there are not a lot of people around to witness it, so if you have to be on your own a night, make sure you are in a well-lit area surrounded by people.
- Know what services your campus provides to keep students safe. Some colleges offer volunteer escorts to bring you home so you won’t have to go alone.
- Use a Safety App such as: SafeTrek (iOS | Android) and Kitestring. These apps act in similar ways as they alert others that you are in trouble and attach your GPS coordinates so that the police or trusted contacts will have your location.
- Take a self-defense class. Learning basic self-defense skills and strategies can help you in dangerous situations. Find out if your college offers free self-defense classes or one for credit.
You are not alone
While, you cannot always protect yourself from all crime, you can make a conscious effort to prevent it from happening. However, if you have found yourself in a situation where you are a victim of a crime that has occurred on a college campus, know that you have rights.
You are not alone. I am here to help. Please call me at The David J Kramer Law Firm, PLLC at 248-348-7400 or 586-530-1000.
Back to You
What do you find is the hardest part of keeping students safe on a college campus? Do you have additional safety tips? I would love to hear your thoughts.