It sounds like something parents would say but staying safe at college can be as simple as remembering a few basic tips and adhering to a couple of strategies. College can be a great experience and enlightening, but it can also be a little bit intimidating. On the turn side, some people ride around college on their inexpensive bike or cheap skateboard, oblivious to the world.
The first thing to remember is to lock the door to your room at all times. When you were at home, you wouldn’t leave the doors open, so apply the same line of thought to your room, even if you are in halls of residence.
Once the door is locked, don’t open it for just anyone. Again, at home, you wouldn’t invite a stranger into the house without a very good reason, so keep this in mind at college. Someone may say they have a reason to be in your room, or even your halls, but that doesn’t make it true.
If you leave your room for any reason, even if its just to pop and see your neighbour, lock your door. You don’t want someone wandering into your room and helping themselves to your stuff, or worse, be waiting for you when you come back.
Also, lock up your laptop, be it a physical lock or an electronic device. These things cost a lot of money so are targets for opportunistic thieves. Plus, if you lose all of your valuable work, you are going to heart broken.
Safety when out and about
If you are taking your car to college, remember a couple of basics. Lock the car whenever you leave it, even if it sits right outside your window. And if you park it out of sight, keep an irregular check on it if you don’t use it on a daily basis. Pop around at random times to make sure nobody has been interfering with it.
Take special care with your stuff when you are in places such as the library or student bars. Don’t leave valuables lying around when you aren’t with them and especially don’t leave your keys on show.
Keep emergency numbers on your phone for things like credit or bank cards. Therefore if your purse or wallet gets stolen, you will have the information on who to ring to stop them immediately. Add the number for Campus Safety on your phone as well, you never know when it might come in useful.
When you are going somewhere on a night, let people know. Give a roommate or a friend the details of where you are going and what time you think you will be back so that if anything happens, someone has the background of where you have been. If the campus has an escort service for nighttime trips, make use of it! It’s a free ride, and it’s extra safe.
Bad things happen and no matter what you do, sometimes they may happen to you. But if you take a few basic precautions when away at college, you can lessen the likelihood that they will happen to you or that you will be prepared for the worst if it does.