Colleges present uncertainties especially in the lives of college students especially freshmen who are still trying to figure out their way out of the campus. There is a lot of fun and this clouds the students to feel a blanket sense of security especially in the presence of peers. However, there are a lot of security threats to campus students. As the axiom says, better safe than sorry and here are safety tips that can make your stay in campus smooth and enable your stay in campus safe and secure.
- Avoid secluded places at night
Walking alone at night especially when it is dark is like welcoming trouble in your life. Well, there are times when this is unavoidable but if you can, avoid walking alone at night at all costs. If anything, ensure you walk with your friends as you do not know when disaster will strike.
- Don’t allow technology cloud your judgment of your surrounding
You all love music, social media. This may sometime make us unaware of our surrounding. Staring at your phone as you try to stay apprised with the occurrences happening in your life sometimes make people unaware of the surroundings. Always scan your environment and the moment you notice that you are unaware of the environment, turn your music down or put your phone away. Be wary of the environment and social media as well as music can wait until you get to an environment where you find yourself familiar with.
- Make use of locks
Some people have a tendency of leaving their locks open, especially at the gym. It doesn’t take long to lock your door and confirm the lock is okay. These are standard rules that you should carry from your home. Keeping your doors locked especially when your roommate is not around is a crucial safety tip. Besides, in case of burglary, goons will not have an easy access to your place.
- Read the emergency manual around campus
People tend to ignore this; hope you are not part of them. Almost all campuses have emergency manuals, a lengthy book which is worth your eyes. Besides, there are emergency exists, call buttons and phones allover campuses, ensure you know where they are allocated in the campus. In case of a security issue, these may turn out to be your savior. Know the campus landmarks and all streets as it makes your navigation across campus easily.
- Always keep cash on you
You never know when trouble will strike, so carry some cash with you. There are times when all hell breaks loose and credit and debit cards fail to work. You don’t want to be caught in a tricky situation with no cash. Always have some cash stashed somewhere.
A new addition to your safety tips is a nail polish dubbed “Undercover Colors” which was developed by North Carolina State University students. It is used to detect date rape drugs to its ability to change colors in the presence of Rohypnol (roofies) or GHB (G-juice). To check your drink for drugs, you just need to put a finger that’s been painted with Undercover Color nail polish and stir to see if it reacts. That, combined with rape whistle and pepper spray are ideal, especially for ladies. This should be part of your checklist.