|College Campus Safety Tips
"Returning to campus or going to college for the first time is stressful enough without having to worry about your personal safety."
We are all familiar with the details of the Virginia Tech tragedy and other stories of needless campus violence.
It is extremely important that you stay alert and use common sense to protect yourself and others from becoming victims of crime. When you go out, keep these safety tips in mind.
- Learn the best routes between your dorm or parking lot and where your classes and activities are located. Take the safest route, not necessarily the fastest route.
- Travel in groups of two or more when possible, especially at night. Always walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.
- Stay on the side of the sidewalk farthest away from any trees, shrubs, dark doorways, and alleys.
- Always share your class and activity schedule with friends and family, effectively creating a buddy system.
- When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- Know where the campus emergency telephones are located and memorize the Campus Security phone number.
- Wherever you are, always stay alert and aware of your surroundings and the actions of the people around you.
- Follow your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, it might not be. Change the direction you are walking, go to an emergency phone or into a public building, or call Campus Security.
- Do not leave any of your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes.
- Avoid displaying any amount of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
- Always lock up your bike or rent a bike locker to store your bike.
- Always lock your car and keep valuables out of sight or in the trunk. Check the back seat and around your vehicle before approaching or getting in.
- Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas of the parking lot.
- Remember, alcohol and/or drugs are involved in 90 percent of campus crimes.
Consider the option of carrying personal protection devices to increase the safety of yourself and your friends.
You don't have to be a hero, but a strategic squirt of pepper spray or the zap of a stun gun might just be the deciding factor between walking away from a potentially dangerous situation and being seriously injured or worse. Perhaps the blaring screech of a personal alarm might be enough to deter a would-be attacker or draw attention to your situation.
Check the campus policy on what type of self defense tools are allowed but always remember... the crazed psychopath did not check with security to see if his assault rifle was within campus regulations.
No one needs to know what items you have at your disposal to protect yourself from physical harm. Don't flash your tools, tell everyone you know, or cause any problems with them. You want that surprise advantage to be kept a secret until the last possible second, them BAM! Let the attacker have it!
Practice drawing your self defense tools and make it second nature to use. It only takes a few minutes a day to become familiar and skilled with producing and deploying pepper spray or a stun gun so you are ready if the situation warrants. It is your personal responsibility to use these tools in a responsible and defensive manner. You are at the mercy of the local authorities if you choose to misuse any of these products in an aggressive or offensive manner. And trust me, they will show little if any leniency.
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