Protect Yourself from Campus Crimes

Regardless of your university’s safety programs, there will still be some sort of crime on campus. Of course, some campuses are safer than others due to many factors, including location, size, and so on, so you’ll want to be aware of what crime rates are like at your school. You can usually get this information from the campus police department, or the local police department if your campus does not have a police department. Despite the presence of police or security guards on campus, you should still strive to protect yourself and your belongings.

One of the most common crimes on campuses is property theft; however, it is also one of the easiest crimes to prevent. No matter how safe and secure your college claims its dorms to be, make sure you always lock your room when you leave. Likewise, don’t leave your laptop unattended at your library carrel while you get up to find a snack. It only takes a few minutes for someone to walk by, grab your phone, and walk off. This advice may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised by how many victims of theft say, "I was only gone for a couple minutes." If you find yourself wondering if it would be okay to leave something unattended, then it’s probably not okay.

Another crime to protect yourself against is robbery. Unlike theft, robbery usually involves some sort of threat against your safety. A late-night campus mugging is an example of robbery. To protect yourself, don’t put yourself in bad situations. Stay in well-lit areas as you walk around campus at night. Don’t flash your expensive gadgets in public. Remember, if a mugger doesn’t know what kind of stuff you have in your backpack, he’ll be less likely to risk a confrontation to take it.

Violent crime on university campuses is less common, but that doesn’t make it any less of a problem, as the consequences of violent crime are often more dreadful than those of a simple mugging. Violent crime, such as rape, assault, and murder, occur in volatile situations. Sometimes these situations involve alcohol. To keep yourself safe, always be in control of yourself, even when you go to parties. Keep an eye on your drink. Have a buddy with you late at night or call a campus safety officer to escort you home.

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