Most schools make an effort to keep their campuses safe. However, that doesn't mean that every campus is immune to crime. Robbery, assault, and sex offenses frequently occur on college campuses. There have also been incidents of murder in recent years. It is important that every student take precautions to keep themselves safe on campus. Here are a few campus security tips to get started.
Keep the door to your home or dorm room locked while you are away and while you sleep. This will help to prevent burglaries. You should also keep your vehicle locked whenever your car is parked. Motor vehicle theft is one of the most common crimes on college campuses. If you keep anything of value in your dorm room, such as cash, credit cards, jewelry, your checkbook, or social security card, you need to keep these items locked in a safe. Even if your room is locked while you are away, these items could be stolen when you are home and not looking.
Don't Be a Victim
You never know who may be watching from a distance; close the blinds while you change or when it is dark outside. Keep your room, house, and car keys in hand so that you can enter your home or vehicle quickly. Check the backseat and the area underneath your car as you approach. And let people know where you will be--especially if you are traveling after dark.
Be Cautious When Walking or Jogging
If possible, always try to walk or job during daylight hours. It is easier to see your surroundings and you are more likely to be seen by a crowd. If you do walk or jog at night, do so on well-lit streets or other well-lit areas. If you need to walk to or from your car at night, ask someone to watch or walk with you to ensure your safety. Take a flashlight; it will provide illumination and can be used as a defensive weapon if necessary.
Guard Your Drink
It is very easy to slip something into an unwatched drink. When you are at a party or around other people, always keep an eye on your beverage--better yet, keep it in your hand until you have finished. An unguarded drink could easily be drugged without your consent.
Learning a few basic self-defense moves could save your life. There are many communities that offer classes for a small fee. You may also be able to take a course at your local gym, women's center, or activity facility. If courses are not available in your area, check YouTube for self-defense related instructional videos. Practice your moves regularly until you are comfortable.
Report Suspicious Activity
If you notice that you are being followed or if you see any other suspicious activity, you need to notify campus security immediately. They are there to help you. They can document activity, and if necessary, ask questions, perform patrols, and do other things that will keep you safe and help you to avoid any problems.
Guest post from Max Quinn.