After a long summer, it’s time to head back to campus. While you’re excited to start the new school year, it’s important to remember to stay safe. It’s a time of new beginnings, new experiences, and new friends. But it’s also a time when students are more vulnerable to crime.
According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, college students are more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. In 2019, college students were 1.5 times more likely to be victims of robbery and 2.5 times more likely to be victims of aggravated assault than the general population.
College Girl Campus Safety Tips
Here are some safety tips and a self-defense kit that college girls can use to stay safe on campus:
- Be aware of your surroundings. This means paying attention to who is around you and what is going on in your environment. It is essential to be mindful of potential threats, such as people who are loitering or acting suspiciously.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a situation, trust your gut and remove yourself from the situation. It is better to be safe than sorry.
- Walk with confidence. When you walk confidently, you are less likely to be targeted by a potential attacker.
- Avoid walking alone at night. If you must walk alone at night, try to stay in well-lit areas and walk with a friend or group of friends.
- Let someone know where you are going. Before you leave your dorm or apartment, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- Carry a cell phone with you at all times. If you are ever in an emergency situation, you can call 911 or a friend or family member for help.
- Take a self-defense class. Learning self-defense can give you the confidence and skills to protect yourself in an attack.
- Carry a personal alarm or pepper spray. These items can be used to deter or stop an attacker.
Here are some additional safety tips for college students:
- Don’t drink and drive. If you are going to be drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or call a taxi.
- Don’t walk home alone from parties or bars. If you must walk home alone, try walking with friends or calling a taxi.
- Be careful about what you post on social media. Don’t post about your whereabouts or what you are doing, especially if you are going to be alone.
- Don’t open the door to strangers. If you don’t know who is at the door, don’t answer it.
- Be aware of your surroundings in public restrooms. Lock the door and be mindful of people who are coming and going.
- Don’t leave your belongings unattended. If you have to leave your belongings somewhere, make sure they are in a secure place.
- Report any suspicious activity to campus security or the police. If you see something, say something.
College Girl Self-Defense Kit
The laws regarding what self-defense tools are allowed on college campuses vary from state to state. However, most campuses generally allow students to carry pepper spray and personal alarms. Some campuses also allow students to carry stun guns and tasers, but these weapons must be registered with the campus police.
It is important to check your campus’s specific policies before carrying any self-defense weapon. You should also be aware of the laws in your state regarding the use of force in self-defense. In some states, you may only use deadly force if you reasonably believe you are in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury. If you are attacked, using the weapon safely and effectively is important. You should also know the potential legal consequences of using a self-defense weapon.
I strongly suggest that you seriously consider carrying a self-defense weapon on campus. Taking matters of security into your own hands is a responsible step towards keeping yourself safe in potentially dangerous situations. However, it is important to remember that carrying a weapon without proper knowledge and skill can actually do more harm than good, potentially putting yourself and others in more danger.
I recommend you take the time to thoroughly educate yourself and receive adequate training in properly using your chosen self-defense weapon. This will increase your confidence in handling the weapon and ensure that you are prepared to use it effectively, safely, and legally if you need to defend yourself. So, take the necessary steps to protect yourself efficiently and responsibly.
Putting Together Your Kit
As we approach the start of the new school year, it’s important to prioritize the safety of our students. While many schools have their own safety measures in place, it always helps to be prepared with your own Back to School Safety Kit. This kit can include various items to ensure students’ safety and security as they return to the classroom.
Many times, the essential items we may include contain hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to help prevent the spread of germs and illness, masks or face coverings to promote healthy habits, and a small first-aid kit for minor injuries.
But what we are really concerned with is arming your college students with the tools necessary to protect themselves on campus from anything nefarious. With some preparation and foresight, you can help ensure your child has a safe and successful school year.
So what should be in your Back to School Safety Kit? Check out the list of items below and assemble your perfect set of security essentials.
- Pepper Spray or Mace Defensive Spray
- Personal Alarm
- Safety Flashlight
- Kubotan Keychain
- Stun gun
- EDC Knife
- Expandable Baton
It is important to note that self-defense is not a guarantee of safety. However, learning self-defense can give you the confidence and skills you need to protect yourself in an attack.
It’s never too late to stock up on these items. Get them delivered to your home and pack them up with your other dorm supplies. Or have them shipped to your college address for convenient delivery once settled in!
As always, be safe and be prepared.