Top 10 Ways to Protect Yourself on Campus

Below is a list of 10 tips for how to stay safe on campus. Tips are compiled from the nonprofit group, Security On Campus, Inc., and John Hopkins University.

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1. Be Aware: Stay alert to your environment, the people, and situations around you.

2. Be Calm: Always act calm, confident, and like you know where you’re going, even if you’re lost.

3. Trust Your Instincts: If you feel uncomfortable in an environment or if someone makes you feel uneasy, leave.

4. Be on the Lookout for Help: On and off campus, know where an emergency phone or the nearest police station is.

5. Lock Up: Remember, around half of all burglaries are the result of open doors and windows. Lock all of your doors, whether they be to your dorm room or to your car, to prevent a break-in, robbery, or assault

6. Travel in Groups: At night, travel in groups or stay with a friend. Don't walk home alone late at night, or go by yourself to a party.

7. Drink Responsibly: Before a big night out, arrange to go home with friends or take a taxi or campus shuttle. To avoid your drinks being spiked with any sort of illegal substance, keep an eye on your drink or leave it with a friend if you need to use the restroom.

8. Use ATMs Safely: Choose an ATM that is located inside a building or in a well-lit location. Never count cash in public.

9. Stay Safe on The Net: Avoid putting personal information such as where you live or your phone number on Web sites like or

10. Don't Lend Out Your Keys: Giving others your keys allows them access to your belongings and also puts you at risk.