More than 20 million students in the U.S. will head to college each fall. Unfortunately, with so many students, dorm rooms, and valuables, even America’s safest college towns experience some form of crime.
While safety is a priority for most colleges, there are several additional ways you can improve your own safety, before heading off to college review these nine safety tips.
1. Familiarize yourself with your school’s Campus Safety office.
Every school has a Campus Safety or security office, and part of your tuition funds it. Make the most of this resource by utilizing its services. Your college’s website likely provides information like office hours and phone number, but you can also visit in person when you arrive on campus.
Blue Light emergency phone stations- these are only on campuses and you must be around one to use it. Justifeyed is right at your fingertips on your phone, with you no matter where you go
Campus escort services- Justifeyed is also an escort service but a direct line to emergency personnel as well
Safety maps with suggested secure routes- justifeyed maps out the areas that are safe for you on and off campus, Justifeyed also gives you the crime stats in that area
Support for a safety app like Campus Safe- In comparison to Justifeyed , the Campus Safe app is ok for college campuses. This however is the only place it works. Justifeyed protects your child on and off the campus.
2. Take extra precaution at night
On average, sexual assaults and other crimes are more likely to occur at night. And while you shouldn’t scare yourself into assuming danger is around every corner, you also shouldn’t take unnecessary risks, such as walking alone at night. Instead, use the buddy system or call campus security for a ride.- sometimes the buddy system or campus security isn’t an option, Justifeyed is on your phone so that you always have it with you so that it's always an option
Next Step: Can’t avoid walking alone or heading to an unfamiliar location? Download a personal safety app, such as Safe Trek, which was developed for college students. When you walk alone, launch the app and hold your thumb down on the safe button. Once you’re safe, release your thumb and enter your pin. If you need help or are in danger, releasing the button without entering your pin will notify local police of your location.- the problem with this app is that you have to continuously hold down a button, then enter a pin number if needed, if you are in danger this is too much to do and think about, how do you do this if you are running. With Justifeyed it’s as simple as one click
3. Always lock up.
Just as you wouldn’t leave your house without locking the front door, don’t leave your dorm or apartment without locking up — even if you’re planning on only being gone a few minutes. If you live on the first floor, close your windows and either shut the blinds or hide your valuables in drawers any time you leave.
Next Step: Purchase a small safe or dedicate a drawer for storing your laptop, iPad, and other valuables when you’re away from your room. If you use a safe, keep it hidden in a closet. If you live on the first floor of a building, make sure your windows lock. If they don’t, you can purchase a sliding window lock or security bar (Amazon).- in the event that these security features fail, having Justifeyed gives you instant access to report a crime and keep you safe
4. Maintain privacy on social media.
Social media is a great platform for connecting with friends and family worldwide or sharing updates about your life. However, with everything you post, stay aware of who else could be viewing your profile. Avoid geotagging your photos, as it reveals your location to strangers, and don’t publicly announce when you’re home alone or are leaving your home unattended.
Next Step: Review the settings on each of your social media profiles. Disable location services, make your accounts private, and think twice before sharing anything. Remember: once something gets posted on the Internet, it’s tough to remove it entirely.
5. Be careful when getting into your car.
Most people don’t think to look in their backseat or under the car before getting behind the wheel. A predator could potentially be hiding in one of those locations, however, especially if you tend to leave your car unlocked or keep your windows rolled down. When walking to your car, approach at an angle that allows you to see around the vehicle, and check the back seat before opening the door.
Next Step: Lock your car doors and engage your car alarm every time you leave your car, even if you’re running just a quick errand.
6. Know where you’re going.
Whenever you set out to town or class, make sure you know where you’re heading and how to get there. Walk with confidence and avoid looking confused, even when you’re trying to navigate a new location. If you’re in an unfamiliar area, don’t use headphones or let your phone distract you, and focus on finding your destination.
Next Step: Download your campus map onto your phone and use your GPS to find popular, highly trafficked routes to get to your destination. Apps like Campus Maps can also help you find your way around your school campus. Always try to avoid walking along deserted paths, and when in doubt, stick to the routes with which you’re most familiar — even if they take a little longer.- Justifeyed is already able to give you the crime rates, safe neighborhoods, and keep you safe before you get to your college
7. Understand your campus’s and city’s crime.- Justifeyed gives you the tool at your fingertips to do this before you move to your college campus and city
The more you know about the crime in your local area, the better prepared you will be to have a safe and fun college experience.
All of what you have read above Justifeyed already has in place for you on the app you put on your phone, and every college student has a phone. With Justifeyed you are never alone and always have safety at your fingertips. Unfortunately, these options are not available on all college campuses but Justifeyed is. If there is one thing available to every college students for safety and knowledge Justifeyed is it.