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Campus Security: Sending Your Child Off To College

Campus Security: Sending Your Child Off To College

Across the US thousands of families are preparing to send a student off to their freshman year of college. Parents are overwhelmed with lists of preparations: in addition to class schedules and text books and laptops, students need sheets and pillows and towels; clocks, lamps and TVs; clothes, laundry supplies and toiletries; storage bins, umbrellas and backpacks.

In addition to all the college supplies, students are preparing to move away from home and live on their own – at least, semi on their own – and learn a new community, be introduced to new foods, meet new and different people, and face new pressures and responsibilities.

In preparing your child for college, provide them with safety and security tips and information that will make your freshman and you feel more comfortable about their safety. Campus security will certainly offer students safety and security advice; many schools have special safety procedures such as special codes, safe spots, or other services and programs. You can provide your student with basic common sense college safety tips and procedures that will prepare them for college life.

Campus Safety Tips

1. Post campus security and dorm staff phone numbers in your room, and list them in your phone contacts.

2. Lock your door when you are sleeping.

3. Ask to see proper identification when an unknown person wants to come into your room or residence halls.

4. Don’t put your name or address on your keys.

5. Do not prop open doors.

6. Use the buddy system: avoid working or studying alone in a campus building such as the library or a classroom.

7. Close blinds and curtains after dark; do not change clothes in front of a window.

8. Avoid walking, running or biking alone, and try not to walk or run after dark. Use the buddy system, and many schools have escort or taxi services for students to use late at night coming home from late classes, jobs or social events.

9. Avoid dark or hidden areas. Choose well-lit routes where other students are walking.

10. Pay attention: If you suspect you are being followed, go in a different direction, cross the street, yell for help, or move quickly to a lighted area or where there are groups of people.

11. Have your keys ready when returning to your residence hall or apartment. Keep your personal or valuable items such as phones concealed and close to your body.

12. Avoid wearing headphones when walking or jogging. Always be aware of your surroundings.

13. Talking or texting while walking is distracting and increases the risk for injury or attack.

14. Always let someone know where you’re going, so that someone knows if you are not where you should be.

15. Pair up in social situations, especially if alcohol is available. Remember the designated driver rules, even when no car is involved: someone must be sober and able to make smart decisions when alcohol is served.

Campus Security Gadgets and Resources

  1. Most students know to use their mobile phone’s backlight in a dark spot. A small flashlight is a good tool to keep in your backpack, and keep a large flashlight next to the bed in case the residence hall electricity goes out.
  2. A bright colored jacket or backpack with reflecting tape will make sure you are visible if walking, jogging or biking in a dark area.
  3. Personal alarm devices are available for key chains, and can be used to scare away an assailant and call for help.
  4. Pepper spray is legal in some locations. Verify that it is authorized for students to carry on your campus. If you decide to carry pepper spray, be sure you know how to use it.
  5. Many schools offer personal safety training classes, typically to teach women to protect themselves. These programs are intended to teach students to make smart decision in case they are attacked, and are a good introduction to campus security issues.

Most of all, students should trust their instincts. If something makes you nervous or uncomfortable report it to residence hall staff or campus security. Remember: if you see something, say something!

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