With College starting this, here are some important things to keep in mind to ensure your safety for the upcoming year.
Know the Number for Campus Safety
If you ever need to call Campus Safety having the number saved in your phone will be a time saver. Your school may even offer escort services which will another a level to your safety.
Know the locations for any Emergency Phones
Throughout campus there will be Emergency Call Buttons or Phones will automatically call Campus Security. Make sure to check out the campus, and locate them. If there’s ever an emergency it may be faster to run to the nearest location.
Never Leave Your Belongings Unattended In the Library
Without thinking you may get up to use the restroom or grab a snack from the vending machine leaving your laptop, phone or even text books on the table. Bring your belongings in a backpack so that if you need to get up you can quickly store your stuff.
Get a Lock for Your Laptop
If you are sharing a bedroom with a roommate you want to consider getting a lock for your laptop. Even if you trust your roommate one of you may forget to lock the door one day. A lock for your laptop can be purchased for as low as $12, and will be cheaper than replacing your laptop or missing work.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
A general tip we’re told time after time, but staying aware of your surroundings and not being distracted while walking may be one of the most important elements in keeping your safe.
- Don’t allow yourself to be distracted while walking especially late at night.
- Be aware if someone is nearby, and keep an eye on them for any suspicious activity.
- Try to walk in only well lit, high traveled areas. A shortcut may be faster, but with lower traffic it’s also a lot more dangerous.
- Keep your keys in your hand while walking. You’ll be ready to enter your home or vehicle must faster and wont be distracted if you need to search for your keys.
Use the Buddy System
If you’re going out to parties make sure to have at least friend with you, and avoid walking home alone at nights. If you need to walk home alone make sure that someone knows where you’re going, and text them when you get to your destination.