College can be insanely fun, but staying safe is also so very important. My dad is a police officer and my whole life I’ve been taught many lessons by him on how to take care of myself through these years of my life. Here are some simple safety tips you can follow to make your college experience still fun but also safer!
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Travel With A Buddy
If you can, always always travel with another person if you’re walking back from a parking garage or back from a long night at the library. As the saying goes, “nothing good happens after 3 AM”. In my experience, it’s true! There are some creepy people out there who would love to snatch up a young college girl. The possibilities of that happening shrink when you travel with another person. It makes it harder for your attacker to hurt you if there are two of you.
As boring as that walk back from the parking garage may be, don’t be looking down at your phone or listening to your favorite T-Swift song. Keep your eyes open and start looking around. The more alert you are, the easier it will be to spot a threat from far away or to know to avoid certain areas. If you walking and see some sketchy individuals walking around a particular exit of the parking garage, go the other way. By spotting these threats you are more likely to avoid getting into a bad situation.
Set Up Emergency Info On Your Phone
In case something does happen to you and you are unable to respond, have some type of emergency contact information on you. There is a nifty feature on iPhones that lets you make a “Medical Id” that people can reach on your phone that gives them any medical information you may need to give them. For example, mine has my full name, blood type, emergency contact information, as well letting them know I’m an organ donor. This is a great and easy way to let people know of the best way to treat you if you have any medical problems or history they need to be aware of.
Watch Your Drink
Party goers! If you’re mingling at a party, always make sure you’re keeping an eye on your drink! Not every person is looking out for your best interest. Just to make sure everything is safe, take your drink everywhere you go, and if you do end up leaving it somewhere, just get a new one yourself. I’ve heard horror stories of girls’ drinks getting drugged and the horrific outcomes. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
For more college party tips read my post Essential Tips To Surviving College Parties
Carry Self Defense Devices
I feel perfectly safe on my college campus, but I never leave home without my Cat Eye self-defense device. It’s a super handy device you put your fingers in, and if your attacker is in close proximity, you aim the points towards their eyes. Although I’ve never had to use it on anyone, the points on the end are VERY sharp. I nearly cut my hand open with it so always be careful holding it! If you’re looking for something more lethal, pepper spray is definitely the route to go.
Let People Know Where You’re Going
If you’re going to be out for long periods of time, always let someone know where you’ll be going and what time they should be expecting you back. It seems like something so small but it really is important. I remember my roommates telling me they’d be gone for an hour to go re-park their cars and they were gone for FOUR HOURS. I called all their cell phones and got no answer. I was about to call 911 when they walk in and apparently they decided to go to Walmart for four hours?! Always make sure to update people where you go as well just so everyone is on the same page.
Walk In Well-Lit Areas
Yeah, that dark short cut across the parking lot may seem convenient, but always take the brightest safest route. The more street lights the better. You never know who can be waiting for you in the dark.
Get Into Your Car As Quickly As Possible
As soon as you get to your car, no messing around and texting on your phone. That gives attackers the perfect opportunity to catch you off guard. If you are going to do that, however, as soon as you get inside your car, lock your doors. This helps you avoid any unwanted perpetrators from getting inside your vehicle.
Set Up A Security Escort
Afraid to walk alone on campus at night? Call an escort! Most campus security buildings allow you to call for an escort if you feel unsafe or are afraid to walk alone on campus! I haven’t personally used this service but people I know have and have said they security personnel are very nice and don’t mind helping you at all. So don’t be afraid to use this service if you need it.
What are your best college safety tips? Leave a comment below!