Staying Safe on Campus

Staying Safe on Campus
Staying Safe on Campus
An academic environment should be a safe haven for students. It’s a place for you to grow intellectually and personally while not worrying about the dangers of the real world. But just like anywhere else in society, campus isn’t immune to crime. By the end of your college experience, chances are you’ll know people who were victims of car break-ins, thievery or vandalism. More serious concerns include rape and murder. Because the dangers exist, the government requires through the Clery Act that colleges release data pertaining to crime on their campuses.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, there were 749 arrests on public four-year college campuses in 2008. At private four-year campuses, there were 176 arrests. In 2007, there were a staggering 42 criminal offenses committed at four-year public colleges. Serious campus offenses have recently gained national attention. In 2009, Harvard University student Justin Cosby was murdered in his dorm after a fellow student, Brittany Smith, gave her student ID – which allows electronic entry to campus to housing – to three men from New York who were later said to be connected to the incident. The same year, a 25-year-old graduate student from China was stabbed to death at Virginia Tech University, the same school that suffered through the horrific massacre in which 32 people were killed nearly two years earlier.

It’s important that you remain aware of the dangers that exist on your campus. When walking to your dorm, your car, class or campus events, be observant of your surroundings. Be wary of people you see on campus who seem suspicious or out of place, including students. When inside of a building, know where all the exits are located – just in case. Keep your friends near and try to walk with in pairs at all times, but especially after dark. You’ll appear less vulnerable to a potential attacker when you’re not alone. Utilize campus resources that are provided to students. For example, the University of California offers Night Safety Escorts who walk students to parking lots, public transportation and residences in the area. It’s helpful to carry protection. Females can carry pepper spray in their purses, which can be effective at keeping an attacker at bay. Also, valuables in your car or dorm should remain hidden and not viewable from the outside. If all of the appropriate preventive measures are taken, you’ll be much less likely to become yet another campus crime statistic.
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