College Campus Safety: Staying Safe

November 11th, 2020

While going to college in Chico this past year may appear different than before because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure your safety while on campus. So, we have compiled a brief campus safety guide to help you stay as safe as possible while you are at school.

Campus Safety Office

Every school campus has a safety office or security office on-site, so don't be afraid to make the most out of this valuable resource. For more information on what campus safety and security can do to help, you can check your college website and find contact hours, how to contact them, and a number of different online safety resources.

Once you familiarize yourself with the office, request information about the different programs they may offer students and see if there are blue light emergency phone stations and campus escort services available.

Take Safety Precautions

Criminals prefer the cover of darkness rather than daylight to commit their crimes. The same applies to criminals who target college campuses. While there might not be danger lurking around every corner, you still want to take the necessary safety precautions, especially after dark.

The buddy system is a tried and true system and should be used when walking at night. Never walk alone. If you can't find someone to accompany you, see if campus security is available to provide you a safe ride back to your dorm. If you have a vehicle, always make sure it is parked in a well-lit area.

Safeguard the Dorm

You should never leave your Chico dorm room without first locking everything up, even if you only plan to be away for a short while. Make sure all your windows are closed and locked and keep your blinds and curtains closed.

It also never hurts to have a small safe in your room where you can keep your valuables like any cash or jewelry you may have. This is good for protecting your items from roommates and any other unexpected guests that might drop by.

You can even purchase a security camera in some cases to keep an eye on who is coming and going. You will, of course, want to inform your roommates of the security camera as well.

You can now purchase small and affordable cameras for your dorm room that offer live stream features, time-lapse recordings, and even digital zoom features. You can keep an eye on everything right from your smartphone or other mobile device.

You can set up live alerts as well, so when something suspicious is detected in the dorm room, you will receive an immediate notification so you can see what is happening and alert the authorities if necessary.

Having this kind of security in place can help give you (and your parents) some much-needed peace of mind while you are away at school. It never hurts to be prepared.

For more information on campus security and what you can do to stay safe, don't hesitate to contact your local security experts in Chico, CA.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
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