College students are heading back to class this month. At , 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.