Many students take night classes for one reason or another. Often those taking night classes work during the day, or may be raising a family. Many students and college staffers fail to remember that college campuses can be dangerous, especially after dark.
Here are a few safety tips to keep you safe at night on campus:
- Always try and walk to your car with three or more of your classmates. Stalkers aren’t usually attracted to groups and they’ll likely be scared off.
- Take advantage of campus escorts. Many colleges have programs in place to ensure you won’t be wandering the campus alone. You may think it’s a bother to call upon them, but it’s not. Use these programs or call campus security. That’s what they are there for.
- Don’t venture too far during class breaks, stay near your classroom with your classmates.
- If you don’t know your classmates well, you should avoid walking with him/her by yourself. Try to stay in groups, especially when walking to your car or back to your dorm.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Burying year head in your phone to text or send email means you’re not really tuned-in to what’s going on around you.
- Stick to your normal route when walking on campus at night. Do not take any deserted routes; stick to well lit paths.
York University in Toronto recently posted a video to YouTube that explains the changes the school is making to keep students safer.
College students can also take control of their own safety with a new smartphone app. Guardly is an emergency services application that alerts and connects your personal safety network via voice conference, sms, email and web. With the touch of a button, you can notify campus security or 911 of your situation and receive a faster response.
The use of this application isn’t limited to students walking alone at night though, it extends to other emergencies that can affect personal and public safety. With severe weather patterns and low temperatures, accidents such as this can easily occur.
Queen’s University in Canada and the University of Iowa in the US both had incidents occur in their residence halls, resulting in these areas becoming a concern for campus safety. A recent shooting at San Jose University show that gun violence on campus isn’t always random.
The Guardly app can also help friends and emergency responders arrive at the scene of common campus traffic accidents faster, which may help reduce the seriousness of victims’ injuries. American Ivy League school Stanford recently experienced a similar accident leaving a female pedestrian injured.
To learn more about how Guardly can help you, visit Guardly.com to find out more about the app. Guardly for Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone will also soon be available. Stay safe!
Guardly provides mobile safety solutions for reporting and managing enterprise and public safety emergencies.Our safety apps act as personal emergency phones that transmit real-time indoor/GPS location, and provides two-way communication with private security, 911 authorities and safety groups using our real-time platform for emergency incident monitoring, management, communication and response.
- Read our customer campus safety study showing how Guardly helped improve emergency response times by 44% at a school.
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