Being on a university campus is interesting, but it’s easy to get a false sense of security when hanging out by your peers. Like you, they’re basically just honest students too, right? It’s important to remember to be aware of your surroundings, even when you’re in the vicinity and comfort of university grounds.
While the threat of hazards might not often be your primary assumption, it is important to be prepared just in case a situation ever presents itself. Furthermore, there are easy ways to protect yourself from potentially dangerous situations.
While we definitely hope that these scenarios don’t occur, it best to prepare yourself for any type of scenario. Whether you are returning for yet another year or heading to college for the first time, it’s significant to review and always remember important security tips. These tips can help guide your decision making process in high-risk situations or prevent serious circumstances.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings -The minute you’re connected with an MP3 player or a smart phone, you’re vulnerable! You’re looking at your mobile, zoned out, not knowing what is happening around you. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.
Don’t Leave Drinks Unattended – Even at a casual house party, it is important to always serve yourself and maintain a watchful eye over your drink at all times. Date rape is real and has become extremely prevalent on college campuses. In fact, one young company, Undercover Colors is currently working on a nail polish/sticker that can be used to detect common date rape drugs when submerged in beverages, to help prevent cases of date rape.
Never Walk Alone at Night – Walking alone at night or in the evening is unsafe. You should always adhere to the buddy-system. Occasionally you may have to walk from point A to B and it is much safer to have a friend with you.
Use Your Locks – There are some things that you should normally do to remain safe, so you would do these things no matter if you’re home or on campus living the college life. Locking your doors, particularly when you’re alone or sleeping should be one of them.
Always Have Emergency Contacts Available – Most cell phones have free emergency dialing for 911 or particular emergency contacts. Also, if you’re ever admitted to a hospital alone they are able to bypass your passcode in order to access your contacts. It is very important for you to list your significant emergency contact names and numbers in your phone so it is very wise to keep all information updated on a regular basis.
Living on college campus can be one of most memorable experiences in life, so always remember to key safety tips in order stay safe and secure.