Health & Safety

Back-to-School: Safety Tip of the Week

With the start of the fall semester, student safety is top of mind for parents. The statistics about how often crimes occur on college campuses are troubling…

  • Approximately 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime.
  • 36,248 crimes were reported on college campuses in 2015.
  • 20 – 25% of all women will experience an attempted or completed rape during their 4-5 years college career.

With these kinds of statistics, parents are understandably worried. We’ve partnered with Umergency, the emergency app for college families, to share helpful Campus Safety Tips that you can share with your son or daughter to help keep them safe.

 

With 4.5 million ER visits every year for college-age students, most families will deal with an emergency, health or safety issue during their university years. Don’t wait to get that phone call in the middle of the night. Be prepared for anything with the Umergency App.

Campus Safety Tip #1: Be Aware Walking Alone At Night

One of the simplest ways to stay safe on campus is by being aware walking alone at night.

While crime may occur at any time, statistics show that most crimes occur between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.

63% of rapes and 72% of motor vehicle thefts occur at night, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).

 

 

How to Avoid Walking Alone in the Dark

Here are just a few ideas to share with your son or daughter:

  1. When you’re going to study, or to a party, always try to go with a friend, and leave with a friend. Rutgers University Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance recommends, “If you are leaving a university building after dark, try to leave with someone you know and trust who can walk with you to your designation.”
  2. Find out if your school, community, or job provides a campus security escort or “safe ride/walk” service. In most cases, schools offer students a safe ride or walk home through a campus program. If you’re not sure if your school offers one, try checking with the Office of Student Affairs, or the Campus Police. They should be able to provide information on what the school offers.
  3. If you do have to walk alone, make sure to plan your route so that it is well-lit and populated, rather than taking a short cut through a dark alley or vacant area.
  4. If you can’t find someone to walk with you, make sure you let someone know where you’re going, and when you plan to arrive. Make a plan to check in with them when you get there safely.

Even though you may not be able to check in on your son or daughter as much as you’d like, reminding them of ways to stay safe on campus is one way to help from afar.

This Camps Safety Tip is brought to you by Umergency,

the emergency app for college families.

Umergency puts the power of information in the palm of your hand. Helping you navigate through any situation. Connecting you and your student with the most important local contacts. Pull up a map of nearby resources and keep your student’s insurance information and digital medical consent form securely stored right where you want it. It’s always ready to go… on their phone and yours! Download the Umergency App today on Google Play or iTunes.

 

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For more campus safety tips, check out these related articles:

College Safety Tips

Sources:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Campus Safety and Security (CSS) survey.

Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R. (2011)

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (N ISVIS ): 2010 Summary Report.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998.

 

While this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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