Campus crime is one of the biggest issues that affect every higher education facility. Crimes such as theft, robbery or sexual assault are sometimes very prevalent at any school. Date rape is an ongoing problem that many college students are forced to deal with. The possibility of any student becoming a victim of a crime makes it essential that every person learns how to stay safe on campus.
The majority of crimes on the campus are crimes of opportunity, including theft of private property such as backpacks, books, wallets and theft from vehicles. Awareness by members of the campus community is a major factor in reducing these types of crimes. Your willingness to secure your property and immediately report suspicious activities to the University Police will help to minimize this type of crime.
People who live in University Housing should follow a few basic safety tips such as walking to class in groups, especially at night and always keeping their doors and windows locked. Don’t let people you just met or don’t know to be in your apartment without you being there with them.
Identity theft is another serious issue on college campuses. Every student must learn how to protect their identity from computer hackers and even predators who may take personal mail directly out of a garbage can. Every year thousands of people have their identities stolen, and repairing the problem is a long and costly process.
Going to college is all about learning and developing your education. While you are there, take some time to educate yourself about campus crime and how to prevent it.