Whether getting out of high school and entering college, or if you’re a veteran starting another year of college, there are 2 absolutes remain true: 1. You will more than likely get into a situation where your security will be at risk and 2. You aren’t fully prepared to react or respond to the situation.
Why? First, life can be hard and a hard life makes people a little nutty and they do bad things to other people. Second, your mom and dad really didn’t get a formal education on personal security so they sent you off into the world with the limited information they had. Most people regardless of age aren’t prepared. Throw lots of alcohol into the mix and it gets even dicey-er.
September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
Do your research into the crime climate of the learning institution you plan on attending.
Don’t sit idly back and hope everything will be OK.
Educational institutions aren’t meant to be secure fortresses, which makes them vulnerable to predators
Directly call the institutions security office and get statistics for on and off campus crimes. You want to know exactly what has taken place in the last 3-5 years.
If you go to the campus have an onsite meeting with the security office. It is in your best interest, and required by law for colleges to offer personal security training for their students.
Determine what campus security personnel and technology systems are in place to head off danger.
Whether living on or off campus invest in your personal security. Wireless home alarms and portable home security systems are cost effective and add an additional layer of protection. Security cameras are inexpensive and can greatly enhance your security too.