Crime occurs everywhere – even on college campuses.
Even so, safety on campus is possible by taking a few easy steps and knowing what resources are available. That way you can stay safe at all times of the day and decrease your risk of theft or another crime.
Many colleges and universities have emergency phones or emergency lights to ensure students’ safety on campus. Know where these are located on your most frequently-traveled paths. When you are walking in an unfamiliar part of campus, watch for these lights along your route so you know the location of the nearest one in case you need it.
Also know how to contact campus police or city officers. Their phone numbers should be posted near your phone in your college dorm or off-campus apartment, and it’s a good idea to have the numbers programmed into your cell phone as well.
Some precautions are wise day and night, no matter how safe you feel on your campus.
Special safety measures should be taken at night.
Follow your instincts. If you question the safety of a campus area, leave. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and take extra steps at night to stay safe on campus. Chances are that you’ll be fine, but if you are the victim of a crime, be sure to call the police right away.