Even if your college campus isn’t one of the safest in the country, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself from danger. Read on to learn how to prevent the worst case scenario from becoming reality.

27,481 criminal incidents were reported across all U.S. campuses in 2015.

There’s no way around it: crime is staggeringly common on college campuses. Thankfully, there are many ways for you to be proactive about your safety. You should always remain aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts, but this is especially true when you’re on campus. If you have any concerns, contact your Campus Safety Department immediately. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

About 11,000 robberies occur per year in U.S. college residence halls. 

If you’re bringing valuables to campus, it’s recommended that you have them insured. However, you can prevent thieves from accessing your belongings by locking your door every time you leave your room. Even if you’re just going to the bathroom across the hall, it’s necessary to stay vigilant.

You can also ward off potential burglars with security products like locks and safes. Not even this solution is 100% foolproof, so the best way to protect your most cherished items is to leave them at home.

Over a thousand hate crimes occurred at U.S. colleges last year.

Victims of hate crimes are targeted for their race, nationality, faith, disability, gender, or sexuality. Unfortunately, they’re happening on college campuses more often than ever before. You can protect yourself by avoiding poorly-lit areas on campus, projecting confidence, and traveling with friends by your side.

The majority of hate crimes go unreported, so make sure that you share the details of the incident with your campus police department. It may be difficult, but it’s vital for all victims. In addition to helping police prosecute the perpetrators, this will allow you to access any help that you may need.

Among undergraduate students, 23% of females and 5% of males have reported rape or sexual assault.

These incidents are even more common at campus parties. Never let your drink out of your sight when partying, and be sure to stick with a group. After all, there’s safety in numbers.

Experts also recommend that you carry a deterrent such as pepper spray or a stun gun. Many college campuses have banned these items, however, so be sure to double check before you buy.

Compared to the general public, college students are more likely to be stalked.

This statistic is even more alarming when coupled with the fact that college students are less likely to report their experiences to the authorities.

According to Patrick Brady from The Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University, a college campus is “kind of like Disney World [to a stalker] — you basically know where a victim is at all times.” You can combat this by using the buddy system, varying your routines, and keeping your social media pages private.

It’s important to remember that you should never try to handle a potential stalking problem on your own. Never engage or confront the stalker, either. Instead, contact your college police department and consider requesting a protective order.

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