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Going off to college is hard enough. Between all the classes, doing extracurriculars, and not having mom do your laundry, you don’t want fearing for your protection or the safety of your belongings to worry you as well. It’s important to remember that crime can strike anywhere, and students need to take responsibility for their dorm security. Here are 10 dorm safety tips for students to help keep them safe while they’re away at school:
1. Always keep the door locked. Students will spend a lot of time in their dorm’s common areas or their friends’ rooms, but even if they’ll only be gone for a moment, they should always keep their dorm room door locked.
3. Install an alarm to your door and windows. Inexpensive and easy to install door and windows alarms can be attached to dorm room door frames or right onto a window to provide extra security and alert you if someone has entered your room.
4. Ensure no one can get into your room without you knowing. Just like alarms that stick right to the door, door stop alarm can alert you to an intruder with the added benefit of preventing the door from opening when in use
5. Keep valuables out of sight. Students should take precaution with cash, computers or other expensive items, keeping them stored out of sight when not in use.
6. Carry pepper spray. Having a canister of Pepper Spray can make all the difference if you are being threatened. Many pepper spray products are small enough to carry in a pocket or on a keychain for easy access in an emergency.
7. Never open the door for strangers. While most of the people who come to visit you in your dorm will be the new friends you have made, students should still always exercise caution whenever someone knocks on their door. Students should verify who is on the other side of the door before opening it, and never open the door for someone they don’t know.
8. Don’t post your class schedule on social media. While it is wise to alert close friends and family of your schedule, public posts on social media can make it easy for people with bad intentions to take advantage of your location and break into your dorm room.
9. Program campus emergency numbers into cellphones. Being able to notify campus security of an emergency as soon as possible can make a huge difference if they are in danger or believe there is someone in their room.
10. Avoid stairwells. Many attacks occur in stairwells because attackers can isolate their victims there. Students should avoid stairwells, using elevators or traveling with friends if they need to use stairwells.
In the excitement and anxiety about moving to college, dorm safety may not be at the top of many students’ minds as they prepare for their higher education. However, students need to take steps to ensure that they and their possessions will be safe at all times. SABRE offers numerous personal protection products that students can bring with them to help keep them safe in the dorms, from personal alarms to pepper spray. Take a look at our products and you can roam the campus with peace of mind.