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What Every Student Should Know About School Security

Well, it’s that time of year—students filling up dorm rooms nationwide.  While these kids try to affect worldliness, research shows they’re quite naïve where security is concerned.  Here are expert tips to pass along:

  • Bullet Keep your valuables secure.  One of the mistakes students make is leaving their valuables lying unprotected.  Don’t leave your textbooks, phone, laptop, or jewelry out; lock them up or leave them at home.  Dorms are public places that anyone can enter.  Your fellow students may all seem like pals, but better safe than sorry.
  • Bullet Keep your dorm room secure.  If the door to your room doesn’t close and lock securely, inform campus personnel.  If you live off-campus, make sure you have a Grade-A lock.  You can also install a basic alarm system that would alert you when danger looms.  Wireless alarm systems are easy to install and remove, and they are affordable.
  • Bullet Use the buddy system.  There is power in numbers; the larger your group, the less your chance of being attacked.  This precaution should be particularly observed at night and whenever you need to walk past silent or desolated places. 
  • Bullet Disclose your whereabouts to close friends.  While it’s risky to reveal your whereabouts on social media, disclosing them to your roommates or close friends is a good safety measure.  Let someone know where you are going, who you are going to meet, and when you’re likely to be back.
  • Bullet Be cagey on social media.  Telling the whole world when you’ll be gone for an extended period could leave your dorm room or apartment vulnerable to burglars.
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