1. Get Familiar
If you've decided to further your education by attending college, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the campus. This includes knowing the location of the campus police department, as well as knowing where any emergency call stations are located. Many schools are improving security by placing the stations throughout campus for easy access. Whether in a group or alone, whenever you are walking on or off university grounds always be aware of your surroundings.
2. Go Out in Groups
It's easier to see what's going on around you in the daytime, however, at night, the darkness can hinder your vision and your awareness of your surroundings. You can combat this challenge by walking with a group of people if it's late. While the buddy system might have been annoying in elementary school, it provides a certain level of security as there's safety in numbers.
3. Secure Your Space
4. Defend Yourself
5. Invest in Protection
You can also stay safe by investing in protection like stun guns or pepper spray. Some states prohibit stun guns, so make sure you know the law in your state before you buy one, as well as your university's stance. When it comes to pepper spray, every state allows the possession, but some have restrictions. Certain schools even provide students with whistles, which may seem corny, but they can alert others to your distress. Purchasing safety items to protect yourself isn’t completely necessary, but they can have a significantly positive impact on a negative situation.