Top 10 College Campus Safety Tips
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
June 3, 2011
Filed Under Safety
Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
You aren’t in Oz anymore. Although you may have known your neighborhood and your hometown stomping grounds like the back of your hand this is not so when you are new to a college campus.
You must quickly learn the lay of the land and figure out where the risks lie.
Older students, such as a Residential Assistant (RA) in your dorm, or your college counselor can give you insight into what are considered safe or dangerous areas and places to avoid. Here are the top 10 college campus safety tips:
10. Parental Input
Invite your parents to campus and show them around. Get their input. Perhaps they attended the same school themselves years ago and know a bit more than you give them credit for. Don’t underestimate the value and wisdom of your parents.
9. Lock up
If the front door at the dorm or your apartment complex is locked it’s locked for a reason. Do not let anyone into the building that you do not know. Err on the side of caution. Always keep your dorm room locked when you aren’t there and religiously lock your apartment door when you leave the premises.
8. Learn self defense
Take a class in self defense. Hopefully, you will never have to use it, but it could be fun, keep you fit and you might meet some cool people.
7. Safekeep passwords
Be protective of your passwords, your technological gadgets, your bank card, cell phone and be smart about your interactions online (Facebook, etc.) Do not give out too much information. Safeguard your safety. Everything is so assessable and immediate nowadays and that’s not always a good thing.
6. Avoid trouble
Avoid areas that you’ve been told to avoid. If the seasoned students tell you not to go to a certain bar or area of town, don’t do it. Don’t be stupid.
5. Keep someone informed
Always tell someone—your roommate or a friend or even your mother (especially your mother!) where you are going and with whom and what time you plan on being back. That way, if you go missing someone will be able to provide important details about your whereabouts. College students love the idea of having their freedom and independence from their mother and father and love being out from under their parents’ scrutiny, but you need to touch base with the old folks frequently enough that they have a general idea of your schedule and who your new associates are. There may come a time that you’re glad that you kept them in the know. You do have newfound freedom but don’t get carried away. An eighteen-year-old is too young to completely sever the apron strings.
4. Drink danger
Don’t leave your drinks sitting about unattended, which is an open invitation for someone to toss a Roofie (date rape drug) into your drink. Keep your drink with you. Better yet, put it in a cup with a lid on it. Or better yet: Don’t drink at all!
3. Buddy system
Don’t walk home late at night alone. Yeah, we know, this sometimes happens but try to avoid this scenario if at all possible. You are vulnerable when you are alone and it’s dark. If you have to walk alone at night, carry Mace or pepper spray with you and talk to someone on the telephone while you are walking. Alert them to your whereabouts. Talk to them until you are safely in your dorm or apartment. In the event of an incident, the person on the other end of the phone can tell the police where you were at a particular time.
2. Stranger danger
Don’t assume just because someone says he is a fellow college student—not that in itself means they’re okay—that they are. Be skeptical and cautious. College campuses are a great place for predators to troll. The incidents of date rape and rape in general are up so be vigilant. Do not be naïve and, on the other hand, do not make the mistake of thinking you are such a woman (or man) of the world that you know everything that’s going on. You don’t.
1. Listen to your little voice
Use your common sense. Don’t put yourself into a potentially dangerous situation and then have to figure out how to get out of it. Plan in advance. Make sure that you have a ride home. Someone needs to be a designated driver (DD) and stay sober. Pay attention to your surroundings. Know where the rape phones are located on campus! Don’t get so drunk that you don’t know where you are or whom you are with. Exercise self discipline. You can still have fun. Getting wasted isn’t necessary for having a good time.