Over 20 million young adults will be heading to college soon. With tens of thousands of students on college campuses, crime is inevitable. Preparing yourself or your child for college campus safety is essential.
The same types of victims we represent as Miami accident lawyers can be found on college campuses around the country. Here are tips for staying safe on college campuses to share with your student.
Every college campus has a security office. Some even have their own police departments. Familiarize yourself with the location of the office on your campus. You can visit in person or you can browse your college’s website to discover where security is located, what their hours are, and how to contact them.
You should also locate blue light emergency stations if they are present, know how to contact a campus escort and find the safest routes through campus.
No campus is free of crime. No city is free of crime. Once you understand this, you can begin to become more comfortable on your campus. Things happen, and the more prepared you are the safer you will feel.
Research the statistics for your campus. You can easily find these online. Know the type of crime most likely to occur and then take steps to help ensure you don’t fall victim.
It’s easy to become complacent where we live. Don’t become so at ease with your college campus that you aren’t taking extra precautions at night.
Crimes are statistically more likely to occur after the sun goes down, so don’t take any risks. Walk in groups, don’t go out by yourself and download a personal safety app.
Don’t forget to lock your dorm or apartment when you leave. Likewise, make sure your bicycle or car is locked. A good rule of thumb is this: If it can be locked, it should be. You wouldn’t leave your front door at home open, nor would you leave your windows unsecured when you left.
Don’t think that you are safe on a college campus. Anything that can be locked needs to be in order to keep would-be burglars out.
If you are the type of person that posts everything you do on social media, get out of the habit. Don’t geotag your photos, and don’t tell the world that your dorm room or apartment is going to be empty.
There’s nothing wrong with staying in contact with friends and family through social media, but you are putting yourself at risk if you are posting every second of your day.
Pay attention to your surroundings when you are walking to class. Know where you are going before you set off and plan your route ahead of time.
Avoid looking confused, and keep your music turned down. You are at a higher risk of becoming a victim if you appear to be vulnerable. Keep your head up, your back straight and walk with purpose.
It’s never a bad idea to take a self defense course. At the very least, make sure you have a a personal defense spray or product on your person.
If you do either of these things, you will feel more confident in your ability to protect yourself. If you are too shy to take a self defense class alone, ask your roommates to go with you.
It doesn’t make sense to check in every time you go to class or return to your dorm, but check in with someone at least once a day. Send your parent a text in the evening or give your best friend a call when you get home from a night out.
If someone doesn’t hear from you at a designated time, they will know that they should be concerned and try to locate you.
It’s unrealistic to tell a college student not to consume alcohol unless it’s something they just don’t do. If you go out drinking, be careful and make smart choices.
Party in a group and don’t take off on your own. Always keep an eye on your drink and don’t get yourself into a situation where you are alone with someone you don’t know.
If you have a vehicle on campus, always check around it before you get in. Look under your car and peer into your backseat before you open the door.
Park in well-lit areas and keep your keys in your hand until you enter a building — they can be used as defense if the situation calls for it.
College should be one of the best times of a person’s life, and becoming a victim can quickly ruin that. Use the tips above if you are heading off to campus this fall, and be sure to share the tips with your child if they are leaving home for the first time.
If you are injured on campus due to an accident or criminal activity, you need a Miami accident attorney. Reach out to our office today to schedule a free case evaluation.
We may be able to help you secure damages for the injuries and medical bills you have incurred. Call today for your consultation.