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College students are heading back to campus this month, and it’s the perfect opportunity to start the new semester off right by taking a proactive role in personal safety. There is so to consider and parents worry when their child goes to college, but with these tips, parents will have a better peace of mind.
I’d like to provide you with some tips from Marcia Peot, full-time police officer and Chief Safety Officer at StreetSafe on how to stay safe on college campuses.
- 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.
- Never accept a ride from someone you don’t know, even if they are or claim to be a fellow student.
- 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 your expensive belongings such as laptops and cell phones hidden. You will be less of a target.
- When dressing for cold weather, make sure your vision and hearing are not obstructed by hats and scarves.
- Consider taking extra measures to protect yourself.
StreetSafe is a new service that uses your smart phone’s GPS technology to instantly connect to help before a situation turns into an emergency. StreetSafe’s “Walk with Me” service offers a live connection to a professional Safety Advisor to keep you safe when walking in unfamiliar or threatening surroundings and instant access to 911 if needed.