Hundreds of seniors graduated from high schools in Lynchburg and headed out to join thousands of other students on college and university campuses across the country. Some of these students are new residents at our apartments in Lynchburg, and we would like to help keep all students safe on campus.
Freshman will be eager to prove they are ready for their first opportunity to live away from home and upperclassmen will be returning to something familiar and comfortable. In both cases, personal safety should still be at the top of the priority list.
While we don’t want to make anyone nervous, we would like to remind you that although college can be a bubble, don’t forget that crime is possible anywhere even on college campuses.
Before you head to campus this fall, make sure you take a look at the following tips from StreetSafe.com to help ensure your personal safety.
1. Let friends or roommates know where on campus you are going, who you are with and when to expect you home.
2. Never leave outside doors propped open, and don’t let strangers into secured buildings or residence halls.
3. A stranger is still a stranger, even if they are a fellow student. Do not accept a ride or go off somewhere alone with a person you don’t know.
4. Do not drink in excess. When you do so, your ability to make decisions becomes impaired, making you an easy target.
5. When approaching your car or residence, have your keys in your hand and check the area for suspicious individuals or activity.
6. When walking by yourself, keep expensive belongings such as laptops hidden. You will be less of a target.
7. The beaten path is the better path. Do not take short cuts and familiarize yourself with the area before heading out.
Excerpts from SudburyPatch