Being on a college campus is fun but it’s easy to gain a false sense of security and feeling of safety when surrounded by your peers. After all, they’re just honest students like you, right?
Wrong. It’s important to acknowledge and remember that you don’t always know who you can trust, even when you’re in the college campus bubble. While the threat of danger may not always be your first assumption, it’s important to be prepared should a situation ever present itself. Additionally, there are easy ways to prevent yourself from becoming more vulnerable than necessary or putting yourself into potentially harmful situations. While we certainly hope that these situations won’t arise, it’s always best to be prepared for any given situation, just in case. Whether you’re going to college for the first time or are returning for another year, it’s important to review and remember top safety tips to ensure you’re taking the right precautions. The following college safety tips can help you avoid dangerous situations or help you should you find yourself in a risky situation.
1) Being tech savvy is good, but beware of your surroundings:
Everyone with headphones, a smartphone and an MP3 player knows – the minute you’re plugged in, you barely exist anymore! You stare at your phone, zoned out; not knowing what is going on around you. This is exactly what you should be avoiding. When you start to find yourself becoming unaware of what’s going on around you is the time you need to consider turning the music down, putting your phone away and opening your eyes to what’s happening. The key to getting out of a potentially dangerous situation is to recognize it as such. This is nearly impossible if you aren’t even aware of the situations you’re walking into.
2) Avoid Walking Alone at Night:
Walking around alone and in the dark is basically asking for trouble. Sure, there are times that you need to get from point A to point B which may occur at night, but you should always abide by the buddy system so that, should something happen, you’re not on your own.
3) Locks are there for a reason:
While it’s easy to become relaxed in college life, there are some habits that should always remain standard. Locking your doors, especially when you’re alone or asleep, should be one of them. Aside from allowing yourself to be vulnerable, it’s also much easier for theft to take place if you’re essentially providing easier access to burglars.
4) Carry Some Emergency Cash:
It’s good to have some cash on you at all times, just in case. Perhaps your credit card won’t work or your debit card gets lost. You never want to be stuck in a scary situation because you don’t have the necessary funds to get out of it as quickly as possible.
5) Locate the Emergency System Areas on Campus
Most campuses have emergency call buttons or phones scattered throughout campus for students to utilize in the event of an emergency. Find out what your campuses system is and locate the areas in which the systems are placed. Should you ever find yourself in trouble, it will be much easier if you know where you can call for help.
6) Know your Way Around Campus:
The campuses here are big. Take time to become familiar with campus landmarks and streets so that you are able to navigate your way around – or out of an area, should you need to
7) Always have Emergency Contacts on your phone
If you have a smartphone, program emergency numbers into it. It’s one of the first spots hospitals check if you’re admitted alone because they are able to bypass your pass code in order to access your contacts.
8) Get Dating wise:
Dating is interesting. If you end up dating someone you know from your campus – great. But if you are one of the many who like to find dates through apps, then being cautious is the least you can do. Don’t trust everyone blindly. Don’t reveal too much about yourself in the first date on before it. When selecting a venue for the date, select something that has a good number of people around and don’t set a time that is too late in the evening.
9) Follow Your Intuition:
Sometimes your intuition can be more than accurate. When you notice someone' furtive manner in the dorm, don't be afraid to report it to the dorm security guard. This safety tip for living on campus could eliminate many potential incidents.
And when you feel uncomfortable in certain place, leave right away and go to an area with lights and people. Don't hesitate to call the police for help if something seems really abnormal.