Top 10 College Safety Tips

The beauty of being on a college campus is that you will be surrounded by other students and faculty. However, the people roaming around campus might not always be people you can trust.

The dangers that can be present on campus may not be the first thing on your mind. College campus safety is so important. Don’t find yourself in a sticky situation with no way out.

Below is a list of 10 important college safety tips to keep in mind. These tips can save you a lot of trouble before something bad occurs or in the event that something bad does occur.

1. Always Lock Your Doors

Lock up! Even if you are just going for a short walk or a quick trip to the store, lock your doors when you leave! It’s a simple task that you should get your self into the habit of doing. I know multiple people who have had their stuff stolen because they simply forgot to lock their doors. Don’t let this happen to you! Even consider locking up while you are home.

2. Don’t Let Technology Distract You

We can admit that this is an issue we all know very well. With smart phones these days, it’s hard not to dig your face into Facebook, Email or Words with Friends. Trust me, I know. However, having your head in the clouds is dangerous when you’re out and about, while still trying to be safe on campus. You can’t see what’s going on or whose walking around you.

I go to college in the city, and I have heard so many stories of students getting their phones ripped from their hands or stuff stolen out of their backpacks because they weren’t paying attention. Don’t let this happen to you!

3. Never Walk Alone at Night

Having a walking buddy is always a smart choice, especially at night. Four eyes are better than two!

4. Always Carry Extra Cash

Sure, debit and credit cards work nicely, but having some extra cash in your wallet is a good habit to get into. Sometimes you need cash if, say, you’re on a train and you realize you lost your ticket! Or maybe you just want to buy a little snack in between classes.

Not only is it good to have cash in case of a campus safety emergency, you will think more about the money you are spending when you do it with cash. You are less likely to buy things you don’t need.

5. Keep Some Extra Cash in a Discreet Place

This is something my brother always did, and I think it’s a great idea. Keep some cash in a different pocket of your back pack or coat. Just in case you lose your wallet or it gets stolen it’d be nice to have some back up money!

6. Consider Pepper Spray, Ladies

I know tons of women who have pepper spray attached to their key chains. I definitely think it’s something to consider, especially if you live in a big city or are have to travel alone at night and want to stay safe on campus.

7. If Your Campus Has Emergency Call Buttons, Know Where They Are

At my school, we have emergency call buttons scattered all over campus. Each one has a big blue button that anyone can press if they find themselves in an emergency. Whether you are attacked, or you or someone who know is hurt in any way, these are good things to be aware of on any college campus. I’m not sure which schools have these, but it’s definitely something you should look into.

8. Keep Emergency Numbers Close

Always make sure you have emergency contacts in your phone or written in your planner. This could include friends, family, doctors office or wherever else you might need to call in case of an emergency.

9. Know Where You Are

Know your campus and the surrounding areas. Chances are you are going to be living there for quite a while. Take the time to learn where everything is: landmarks, buildings, dorms, stores, hospitals, and other places you may need to visit while you are in college. Trust me, it makes navigating much easier and make you feel more safe on campus!

10. Consider a Self Defense Class

This is the last one on the list, because it’s definitely not necessary. However, it’s something to think about! I took self defense in high school and it was actually really fun! You learn a lot of skills that could potentially save your life.

Keeping these 10 college safety tips in mind will benefit your experience and keep you safe day in and day out whether you go to a college in Chicago or a quiet college town. Of course, not all of these college campus safety tips are necessary but you should definitely consider all of them.

Good luck and be safe!

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Molly Stallman

Molly Stallman

Molly Stallman is a senior at DePaul University working toward an English degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing. She also has a minor in Digital Cinema. Molly especially enjoys spending time with loved ones, listening to music, watching movies/television and playing with her dogs. She also has a passion for antiques, crafts, animals, photography and the great outdoors.