Following some very simple guidelines will keep you from being a crime victim while at college…
When you are on campus, always be aware of your surroundings and of the people around you. If you must listen to your iPod or MP3 player as you walk, have volume low enough that you can hear sound when snapping fingers. However, if walking alone at night or off-campus turn OFF and remove ear buds. Also, keep texting on phone to a minimum until you reach your destination. When your obviously distracted and oblivious to your surroundings, your an inviting target for rape or abduction.
Take advantage of programs that offer assistance in getting home after dark. Most of the campuses offer walk home assistance and shuttle service so you arrive at home safely.
If you are walking on campus, stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible…It’s dark so turn OFF electronic devices such as iPod and remove headphones.
If you see someone in your area or near you, make eye contact so he knows you see him and aware of their presence. Please carry Wildfire key chain pepper spray and be prepared to use it if attacked.
Stay away from traditional trouble spots on campus. Most college juniors and seniors can tell you where they are so please ask. Locations like alleys and dark parking spots make it easier to be targeted and vulnerable to be a victim of crime.
Finally, this should be common sense. But never leave laptops, backpacks and other personal belongings unattended…even if stepping away for just a minute. Someone could be watching and just waiting for an opportunity to steal your belongings.
Crime Is Real, Don’t Be a Victim!