Whether you live in res or digs, chances are you spend a lot of time on campus. Generally, a campus is considered a safe space but you do get incidences of crime. You could get mugged or have your things stolen when you’re not paying attention. You never know what could happen when you’re walking back from the library at night. As the old saying goes, better safe than sorry. So, here are some tips to help you stay safe when you’re on campus. Stay vigilant Know what’s happening around you. While it may be fine to listen to a podcast as you’re walking to your morning class, you shouldn’t do this when you’re walking after dark. Having your earphones in means you can’t hear what’s going on around you and you could miss footsteps coming up behind you. It’s also important that you keep your belongings close and know where your bag is at all times. You never know when someone could walk past you in a lecture and quickly grab your cellphone off your desk. Seasoned thieves know what they’re doing. Stick to secure places on campus Some universities have special routes with security guards at night to make sure you get where you need to be safely. You’ll also find that most buildings and popular places have video cameras. If you need to be on campus late at night, try to stay in areas with high security. For example, some libraries have a video wall controller where security officers can look for anything suspicious. Most computer labs or departments with 24 hour access have good security. So, if you need to do some work online or print any documents, try use these places. Make use of safety services There are often shuttle services around campus that ensure you get home safely. If you live in digs or in a res off campus, don’t walk alone at night. Rather organise transport if it’s necessary for you to be there. Some universities even have guards that are willing to walk you back to your res if you’re feeling unsafe. Campuses generally feel safe and that’s why they can become targets for crime. People let their guard down and that’s when things go wrong. So, stay vigilant, stick to secure places and make use of safety services. Image: Pexels

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