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Tips for Your College Student to Stay Safe

Most parents list campus safety as a top concern as students embark on their college careers. Even at rural and self-contained colleges and universities, statistics indicate there is plenty of trouble out there – from petty theft to date rape drugs to instances of violence. The risks are compounded when the school campus is in the middle of a large metropolitan city. Keeping students safe and secure is challenging for institutions and requires vigilance and street smarts from the student. Freshmen should attend the campus safety orientations their schools offer to advise students of nighttime security procedures, foster safety awareness, and encourage safe habits, such as keeping dorm rooms locked and avoiding walking alone late at night. Here are a few tips for staying safe on campus. For more information, visit www.collegeparents.org or www.securityoncampus.org.

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  • Know your surroundings and trust your instincts.
  • Put campus security's phone number on your speed dial.
  • Lock your door. Do not loan your key to friends.
  • Do not accept drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) from  others — remember that alcohol is the number one date-rape drug.
  • When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  • Never walk alone in isolated areas.
  • Don't post personal information on social  networking sites.
  • Use assertive body language.

Around campus

  • Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.
  • Know the locations of emergency call boxes.
  • Arrange for an escort or shuttle if you are walking back to your dorm alone late at night.
  • At night, stay on a well-lit, "beaten" path.
  • Report suspicious behavior.
  • Use your ATM card during daylight hours.
  • Know building and office hours.

Dorm life

  • Invest in a small safe to lock up your valuables (jewelry, cell phones, iPods, stamps, cash, checkbooks).
  • Know where the fire exits are; take fire drills seriously.
  • Lock your door(s) and window(s) when sleeping alone.
  • Do not lend out your room key.
  • Register your laptop and valuables with campus security.
  • Let your resident assistant know if something suspicious is going on.

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