Campus Safety Tips + U.S. School Safety Rankings

Campus Safety

Safety should be a great concern for college students and parents. The level of campus security presence, emergency protocols, campus and local crime rates, as well as substance and alcohol use are important factors to consider when choosing a school.

Be sure to read our top 10 school safety ranking lists following these important tips to stay safe while on campus…

  1. Speak up if something looks or feels wrong. If someone looks suspicious, report it to campus security and/or a RA. If someone looks in distress, ask if they are ok. Many times incident are avoided because someone steps up and takes notice.
  2. Always avoid the use of drugs and never accept open drinks from anyone. Tampered drinks and overdoses are more common in college communities.
  3. Inform your family or friends of your plans. Let them know, at least a general idea, of where you’re going and what your plans are. That way if you don’t check in or make it home, they will know what to do and that is is important to get help.
  4. Know the locations of the emergency blue-light phones on your campus. These phones connect you directly to campus security.
  5. Stay aware and alert of your surroundings. Always be mindful of people who look suspicious, out of place, or who are hanging around poorly lit areas with little traffic or no one around. Early detection can be key in avoiding becoming a victim of a crime.
  6. Considered getting a safety app on your phone. These apps can automatically notify the police in the event of an emergency.
  7. Learn self-defense. Take a class, sometimes offered at no or low cost on campuses, to learn how to best disable and escape a would-be attacker.
  8. Never accept rides from strangers or casual acquaintances. Period. Use a service like Lyft or Uber instead.

Safest U.S. College Towns:

  1. Brookings, South Dakota
  2. Charleston, Illinois
  3. Rexburg, Idaho
  4. Elon, North Carolina
  5. Canyon, Texas
  6. Durham, New Hampshire
  7. Highland Heights, Kentucky
  8. Amherst, Massachusetts
  9. Princeton, New Jersey
  10. Pullman, Washington

U.S. Colleges (4 year schools) with the Highest Crime Rates:

  1. Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina
  2. Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico
  3. Central Sate University, Wilburton, Ohio
  4. Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  5. Gallaudet University, Washington D. C.
  6. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney, Pennsylvania
  7. Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  8. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  9. St. Augustines University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  10. Reed College, Portland, Oregon

Best campus Security – U.S. Colleges

  1. Columbus State Community College, Ohio
  2. East Central University, Oklahoma
  3. Erskine College, South Carolina
  4. Kansas Sate University, Kansas
  5. Louisiana Sate University – Eunice, Louisiana
  6. Arkansas State University, Arkansas
  7. Marshall University, West Virginia
  8. Northeast Sate Community College, Tennessee
  9. Oakton Community College, Illinois

Safest U.S. Colleges 

  1. Arkansas State University, Arkansas
  2. Sheridan College, Wyoming
  3. Lake Land College, Illinois
  4. Southern University @ New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. Erskine College, South Carolina
  6. Central Texas College, Texas
  7. Southern Plains College, Texas
  8. Virginia Western Community College, Virginia
  9. Northeast State Community College, Tennessee
  10. Delgado Community College, Louisiana

Identity Theft Prevention Tips

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Identity Theft is a growing problem with no end in sight. The widespread use of social media and personal blogs have given thieves a window into people’s personal lives and identifiable information.

Although there is no one sure-fire way to stop the determined thief, these tips can help keep your information safe:

1. Mobile device security. Consider turning off the wifi when you are not at home; it will keep you from accidentally connecting to a network without intending to. Only download apps from trusted sources; stay away from third-party or untrusted vendors. Save sensitive activity, like logging into your online banking, until you are connected to a trusted network.

2. Update your anti-virus software and keep your network password secure. You don’t want outsiders to be able to access your home network.

3. Don’t fall for scams. Be wary of unknown links, even in email from people you trust as their system may have been compromised. Don’t download something if you don’t know what it is.

4. Monitor your credit reports. Report any suspicious credit card activity as soon as you discover it. Freeze accounts that may have be in jeopardy.

5. Don’t forget the old-school methods for data breaching. Shred important documents to thwart dumpster-divers. Safeguard your mailbox if possible, or consider using a post office box.

Here is a link for the top 10 Identity Theft Protection companies:

http://www.consumersadvocate.org/id-theft-protection/best-id-theft-protection?matchtype=e&keyword=identity%20theft&adpos=1t3&gclid=CIOUsZec8cwCFUdrfgodMRMCwQIden

LA crime in certain areas is on the rise. Here are some useful tips to help stay safe while walking alone….

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1. Keep your keys ready

Even if it’s a quick jaunt from your front door to your car, it’s a good idea to keep your keys ready at all times. Hold on to them inside your pocket. Then, bring them out holding the proper key in position as you approach your car or front door. This will eliminate fumbling around in your purse for them outside, which will distract you from your surroundings.

2. Walk with confidence

Keep your head up and don’t be afraid to make eye contact with those you pass. Walk at a steady pace and walk facing traffic to keep yourself visible. If you get lost, don’t wander aimlessly. Keep your pace steady and head for the nearest store or restaurant to ask for directions.

3. Trust your gut

When out alone at night, your instincts are your best friend. If you are worried someone is following you, turn around. Let the person know you’re aware of their presence. Don’t head straight for your car or home, but go to a nearby store or restaurant, somewhere public and safe.

4. Carry a noisy friend

Keep some kind of noisemaker on your keychain or pinned to your jacket. A personal alarm or whistle can be used to let those around you know when something is wrong.

5. Know what to do in the worst-case scenario

The best defense against an attack is awareness and action. If you are faced with an uncomfortable or dangerous situation and you can escape, do so immediately. Only you can determine what you can or will do when faced with an attacker. Self-defense moves and tips can be found from various web sources, or through community self-defense classes.

6. Avoid struggling with lots of bags

Struggling with five different bags at night as you make your way into the house can be a fact of life, but you should avoid it whenever possible. Multiple bags can prevent your ability to react quickly should a dangerous situation arise.

7. Avoid hiding spots

Parked cars, dark alleys and unlit corners of parking garages are all places that you should avoid when you’re out alone. Keep yourself in visible places on the sidewalk or street as much as possible.

8. Choose your footwear wisely

Choose footwear that is comfortable, such as runners. If necessary, wear one pair of shoes to the office and bring your indoor footwear in a bag.