Spring break is fast approaching and that means that college students everywhere are going to be traveling home or elsewhere for their break so they can hang out, relax, and forget about school for a bit.
However, some students may instead choose to hang out on campus due to other responsibilities they may have. So, what can you do to stay safe on campus over spring break when almost everyone else is away?
Guard Your Room Keys
This little tip is going to be especially helpful if your roommate made the decision to skip town for the week. You don't want to lose or misplace your keys when you are the only one staying in the dorm.
You also don't want anyone else to find them. So, make sure that you guard your room key closely. If they do get lost, report it immediately and then make sure the locks get changed and new keys are made for you and your roommate.
Emergency Phone Numbers
You should always have all the emergency phone numbers saved on your phone so you always have them available. You should have the police, fire department, hospital, doctor, campus security, your bank (in case your credit cards are lost or stolen), and any other numbers you feel you would need in an emergency.
This is especially important anytime whether it is spring break or not. You should never walk around campus alone at night. You may think it is safe because many of the students are gone, but you can't let your guard down. The buddy system is always a good idea and can help keep you safe.
Trust Your Instincts
If you ever feel as if you are being followed, don’t ignore that feeling. Get somewhere safe as soon as possible. Find a well-lit area, a place where groups of friends are hanging out, or anywhere that isn't isolated.
If you can't get to one of these places, then make a scene. Scream, cry out, yell, run, do anything to draw attention to yourself. A predator will most likely turn around, not wanting to be seen by anyone.
The campus police are also there to help you. If you have to be in a lab or room alone, then let the campus police know. They can escort you back to your dorm when you are done, so you don't have to walk alone.
Finally, make sure to always tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. However, make sure to do this discreetly. It is really something you probably only want your roommate to know, just in case something happens.
For added security, you can also consider some security solutions that will work in your dorm room. For more information on security solutions that will work for you on campus, make sure to contact the experts at Security Integration to see what your options are.