Safety Tips for College Campuses from your friends at Northeast Remote Surveillance and Alarm, LLC protecting your most precious assets everyday. As summer winds down and the 2017-2018 school year winds up keep safety in mind for you and your loved ones,
Stay Aware Of Your Surroundings
Many students involved in traumatic incidences became victims because they were not aware of their
surroundings.Things like cell phones, headphones, and tablets make it all too easy to ignore your surroundings, and thus become unaware of an impending disaster. Do yourself a favor and keep your nose out of your phone/tablet, and keep your volume on low if listening to music. Make sure to not only look ahead of you, but also around you and even behind you to ensure you know what’s going on (and who’s around you) at all times.
Don’t Walk Alone At Night
Both men and women should be advised of this; it can be dangerous to walk by yourself at nighttime, even on a college campus. Most campuses are deserted or very sparsely populated at night (even if there are evening classes in session).
As such, it’s important to walk with a friend or other student through campus and back to a lit building. If there’s nobody around and you need to get back to your dorm or car, call/ask a security offer or police officer. Their job is to keep you safe, and most will be happy to walk with you in order to do so.
Keep An Eye On Your Drink
Drinking at a party can be a great stress reliever, but it can also be an opportunity for someone at the party to slip roofies or other drugs into your drink.
The best ways to avoid this is to not drink at all; however, if you choose to drink, make sure to watch the person that’s making your drink, and then hold your drink the entire time you’re at the party.
After all, it’s far less likely that someone could slip roofies or other substances into your drink while it’s in your hands (rather than, say, on the counter).
Download Safety Apps On Your Phone
Lots of apps have been developed to help college students call for help in times of trouble. For example, apps like SafeTrek, KiteString, and Circle of 6 communicate to your friends when you’re in trouble, and also tracks your location so that your friends (and the police) can find you.
Trust Your Gut
If you get the feeling that something isn’t right in a situation or that you’re in danger, don’t ignore it. Too often students ignore their instincts, and wind up in destructive and even deadly situations because of it.
If you sense that you’re in danger, leave the area or inform those around you of your concerns. This act alone could save your life, and if anything else it’s better to be a little paranoid than to be dead.
Monitor What You Say On Social Media Sites
Posting status updates of your whereabouts, or “checking in” at places on campus can seem like a harmless thing; however, this gives anyone on your friends list (as well as their friends) the ability to know exactly where you are.
The same is true for if you’re going out of town; once you post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that you’re leaving for vacation, you’re letting the world know that you are gone from your home or dorm, thus leaving it susceptible to robberies or break-ins.
Keep yourself (and your stuff) safe and wait to post your vacation photos until you’ve returned from the trip.
Locks Are There For A Reason
Although being in your dorm should be a relaxing time, you still need to take security precautions to keep yourself safe – which means locking your door when you’re either asleep or alone. This can help prevent an attack and/or theft.
Know Your Campus
Part of being aware of your surroundings is knowing where you are, where you’re going, and what’s around you. If you’re new to campus (or even if you’ve been there a couple years), go and get a map of the campus.
This will help you navigate around the college, and get to know the locations of the buildings around campus. This is also a great method for planning escape routes in case an emergency occurs.
Know The Best Ways To Call For Help
Find out if there is a police office on your campus, and know where to find security officials. Oftentimes there are also emergency phones around campus you can use to call for help in case a crisis occurs.
It’s also important to put the campus’ security phone number into your phone so you have it ready if you need it.
Consider A Self-Defense Tool
I’m not saying you should carry a gun with you on campus, but carrying self-defense tools with you such as pepper spray or a loud whistle with you is a great way to be prepared in case something does occur
Know What To Do If There Is An Active Shooter
With all the shootings that have been happening in our nation over the years, it’s just common sense to know what to do if this situation arises. It’s scary to think about, but preparing now could save your life (and the lives of others) later.
Here’s a video from Ohio State University on how to react to an active shooter at your campus:
Travel In Groups
Whether you’re in the daylight or not, it’s important to travel with at least one other person around campus. This is because, although college campuses are typically crowded, there are areas where fewer students go, therefore making the likelihood of something happening greater.
Attackers are less likely to pursue you if they know they would have to fight more than one person. Always use caution and walk with others in order to stay safe and prepared.
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