4 Items To Help Ensure Campus Safety

Parents have every right to be worried about their children walking around at night in such a different environment than they are used to.

It can be very dangerous. I have heard stories of attacks on students who were both walking alone as well as while they were in groups.

It can happen, but in most cases it can be prevented.

Keeping safe is what should be the main priority for students (especially females) as they walk the streets of their college town. As an aid, I would love to share a few items that should be carried with students at all times to dramatically decrease the chances of becoming a victim of attack.

Knowing the odds have decreased will ultimately help parents and students feel safer so the college experience can be much more enjoyable for everyone.

Cell Phone. Cell phones are vital on college campuses. If you ever find yourself or someone around you in need of help, it allows you to call for help wherever you are right then and there. It is also a good idea to program important numbers into your phone even before you are settled in your college town so you are not scrambling to find the numbers when you don’t have time on your side.

Whistle. Sometimes working cellphones involves more emotional stability than you might have when you are in a sticky situation. Whistles are a great plan B. There are whistles that you can put on your key chain that can be used as your call for help. You would be surprised by how loud those little whistles can be. Even if you are in a remote area away from people, the loud whistle is likely to spook an attacker, hopefully driving them off.

Pepper Spray. Pepper spray takes a little more courage to use, but what a great defense it can be. Both females and males could get small bottles of pepper spray and keep it on their key chains for extreme emergency situations. Before using it, however, it is important to understand how to use it. Make sure you are completely familiar with the product so your defense doesn’t backfire.

Pocket Knife. Let’s hope you don’t have to resort to using a lethal weapon as self-defense, but pocket knives can intimidate anyone if you need a little leverage in persuading someone not to attack. Remember, you don’t want to be the one referred to as the attacker, so use it when you feel you are seriously in danger and you see no other options around you.

Having one or all of these items will definitely help decrease the odds of being a victim. Hopefully you will never have to use any of the items as a means of self-defense, but it will bring parents as well as students some peace of mind as they walk the streets of a less familiar environment.

Also keep in mind of the importance of traveling in groups and never by yourself, especially at night. Always lock apartments and cars and always be aware of your surroundings.

College should be fun, not scary! Having these items and keeping these tips in mind will definitely reinforce that idea.

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Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She lacks the ability to draw, so she loves being able to express her creativity instead through her writing. She considers herself the “coolest nerd,” spending many Friday nights indoors playing Guitar Hero and discussing Pokemon cards with her friends.