7 Ways to Stay Safe on Campus This Year
School starts at local colleges soon; here are some ways to stay safe.
College students are heading back to class this month. At Lafayette College, the first day of class is Aug. 27, but students will have begun moving in before then.
Whether you're an incoming freshman or a seasoned upperclassman, it's important to remember to stay safe on campus. Here are seven tips to keep in mind, courtesy of Street Safe, a personal safety company.
- Let friends or roommates know where you are going, who you are with and when to expect you home.
- Never leave outside doors propped open, and don’t let strangers into secured buildings or residence halls.
- A stranger is still a stranger, even if he or shes is a fellow student. Do not accept a ride or go off somewhere alone with a person you don’t know.
- Do not drink in excess. When you do so, your ability to make decisions becomes impaired, making you an easy target.
- When approaching your car or residence, have your keys in your hand and check the area for suspicious individuals or activity.
- When walking by yourself, keep expensive belongings such as laptops hidden. You will be less of a target.
- The beaten path is the better path. Do not take short cuts, and familiarize yourself with the area before heading out.