Chicago, IL -Millions of students are headed back to campus, many moving into dorm rooms away from Mom and Dad for the first time. These experiences can be overwhelming, and personal safety often slips through the cracks. But according to the numbers it needs to be made a priority. 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted during their time on campus, and more than 10,000 students will be victims of aggravated assaults or robberies.
Personal Safety Expert and SABRE CEO David Nance appeared on ABC 7 - Chicago's #1 Morning show to share tips on how students can try to be safer while on campus.
- The first two months of college, September and October, are typically referred to as the Red Zone by law enforcement as that's when many injuries, accidents, and even deaths occur.
- Immediately familiarize yourself with your new surroundings - not just your dorm or apartment, but your entire campus. Learn areas that aren't well lit, or areas where there aren't Emergency blue lights to identify places where you are the most vulnerable.
- More than 50% of intrusions occur on the first floor - so make sure your windows and doors are secure and protected. (Hint hint, Tip #3 below is a good one for this!)
- Even other students are strangers. Everyone needs to earn your trust. Just because you attend class with someone doesn't mean you can or should open up to them, or keep your dorm room or apartment unlocked. Another good rule: don't keep your doorway propped open or buzz in anyone who rings your unit - it could be someone who shouldn't be there.
- Plus, college campuses aren't fenced in - plenty of people especially on urban campuses aren't students and aren't affiliated with the university. Keep your guard up and trust your gut!
In addition to the tips David shares in the video, here are some more to consider:
1.) Carry SABRE's Campus Safety Pepper Gel
- our most effective SABRE Red formula in gel form means greater containment of the spray - it's not going to become airborne meaning effects on the user and bystanders are minimal.
2.) Bring the College Safety Program
to your school to learn techniques on how to identify threats, and tips on how to escape dangerous situations safely.
3.) Use SABRE's Dorm/Apartment Kit
to secure the main entry points to your home away from home, and use the personal alarm for protection on the go! The 120 decibel alarms will alert you, the intruder, and your neighbors someone is trying to get inside who isn't welcome.