Here's a list of 10 tips that college students should keep in mind while they are on campus:
Stay in touch. Share your class schedule with family and friends and arrange regular calls while walking to and from class. This way, your loved ones know you're going to class and that you're safe.
Secure the perimeter. You wouldn't just leave the front door to your house open, would you? It works the same way on campus. Never let someone into your campus residence you don't know and never prop doors open.
Lock it up. Whether you're simply headed to the shower or to a nearby friend's room, lock your door every time you leave to keep all of your valuables safe when you're away. Consider purchasing individual locking devices for expensive electronics like your laptop. According to one crime study, in the U.S., one is laptop stolen every 53 seconds. An individual locking device for your laptop is a visual theft deterrent can help protect your investment.
Be safe online. In today's digital age it's too easy to share personal information online. Avoid updates on any websites that share your location or personal information and make sure your settings are private. Store your online user names, passwords, bank account and other confidential info at a location only you can access. A free online service for this can be found at masterlockvault.com. This free digital safe deposit box is secure and convenient to use, and is available 24/7 via smart phone app or the website.
Keep track of keys. With one to open your mailbox, another for your campus apartment and yet another for your room, it's tough to keep track of all of your keys, but also very important. If you lose a set, report it to College Park management immediately to ensure your safety and the security of the building.
Lock and check your car. Be sure to always lock your car and never leave any valuables in plain view. Remember to also check on it from time to time.
Map it out. Take time to familiarize yourself with the campus. You should know where the campus police & security office is located and their cell number (573-631-2831), the best-lit paths to take and the safest ways to get around during both the day and night. Be aware and observant of your surroundings. Whenever possible, travel with others you know during evening or late hours.
Protect your stuff.Whether studying in the library or eating in the cafeteria, it's tempting to run to the bathroom or grab a quick snack while leaving your laptop, identification, smartphone or keys on the table. Don’t do this! It provides an opportunity for a crime, and most crimes occur because an opportunity to do that crime is present when a criminal is nearby.
Know your numbers. Keep all important emergency phone numbers stored in your phone and at least one other place, such as that available for free at masterlockvault.com. This includes the number for campus police & security and the telephone numbers to your bank and Credit Card Company. Should you have your wallet stolen or be put in a risky situation, you will have all the contact information you need. Also, sign up for the College’s text alert system, found on the main College website at http://www.mineralarea.edu. This way, you will be notified of emergency situations and other important information on campus. Also remember to regularly check your student email account given to you at the College for important information.
Phone a friend. Regardless of time of day, when heading out across campus, find a friend who is also headed your way. Safety in numbers should never be discounted.