Being a parent of a graduating High School student is stressful enough. Parents and students alike have a lot on their minds with applying to colleges and end of school year activities. One thing to keep in mind when evaluating schools is once there how you can make sure your child will be safe on campus. Being fully aware of the security and safety programs their chosen school offers is crucial. Awareness is the key to preventing most campus related crime. As students enter a new environment for the next chapter in their education it is important that they become familiar with how their college manages security on campus. Read more
As college students settle into their dorm rooms anticipating the fun and excitement that comes with the start of a new academic year, there’s one thing they may not be anticipating—campus crime.
According to the Boston University Police Department (BUPD), there’s a spike in crime on university campuses during the first two months of the school year. The most common crime on campus is theft, particularly of items students left unattended, says Scott Paré, deputy director of public safety and BUPD deputy chief. However, more serious offenses also occur.
From January 2015 to August 25, 2015, BU police received reports of 17 simple assaults, four aggravated assaults, three indecent assaults, one rape, seven burglaries, one robbery, and 209 larcenies, including 13 car break-ins and 39 bike thefts, Paré notes, adding that the crime rate at BU is very low.
If you’re a college student, worrying about being the victim of a crime is probably not keeping you awake at night. However, you should still be prepared just in case.
Here are four tips to help you stay safe on campus:
You’ve seen the headlines. Every year it seems a new act of tragic violence erupts on one of our country’s college campuses, renewing the fears of both parents and students.
But according to national statistics and campus safety experts, campus crime prevention is improving and incidents of major crimes are in decline.
You can help prevent crime as well by taking a few simple precautions.
Watch the video below for our five steps to help you stay safe while at college: