Safety is extremely important while in college. Most campuses feel like very safe places, but you never who might be lurking, and you will be meeting new people (otherwise known as strangers) all the time. If you want to be sure that you can protect your wellbeing, then you need to take a few precautions. Here is how to stay safe on your college campus.
Sign Up for Phone Alerts
These days, whether you go to a major public university, like UC – San Diego, or a private college like New England College, your school is going to have an alert system. Campus emergency alert systems work when you give your cellphone number to the school and they send you text messages if there are any security or weather alerts that you should be aware of. If you are not signed up for alerts, then you might not get the text when there is a bomb or terror threat on campus, and you could be putting yourself in grave danger. Plus, you don’t want to be the only one who shows up for class when lectures are cancelled due to a snowstorm.
Never Walk Alone at Night
There are going to be a lot of parties and concerts on campus that continue into the late hours of the night, or early hours of the morning. You want to be able to have fun and really make the most of your college experience, but you want to be smart and safe about it. If you need to walk home late at night and you don’t have any friends who are going in the same direction, you can call a campus security guard and have them escort you to your dorm or apartment. It may seem ridiculous and unnecessary, but you never know who might be lingering around campus and there are plenty of places for predators to hide late at night.
Always Jog in Public Places
If you are the type of person who needs to go jogging on a regular basis, you might get the urge to jog at an irregular time or you might get the urge to jog in a new place from time to time. It’s totally understandable if you just want to switch things up from time to time, but you want to make sure that no matter where you go, there are always plenty of people around. If you are jogging through a relatively desolate location, or if you are jogging during a time of day when no one is hanging around, you could encounter someone dangerous and there won’t be any else around to protect you.
Don’t Go Home With People You Don’t Know
If you meet someone who is really fun and interesting at a college event or party, you may feel the urge to keep the fun going and head back to your place or their place. Unfortunately, though, if you don’t really know the person, this could be a very dangerous decision. This may seem ridiculous as you will be meeting all kinds of new people all the time in college, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. There’s never any reason to rush things – just take your time to be comfortable and get to know them first.