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There have been several worrying cases of attacks on college campuses in the news recently, so here are Paladin's top 5 security tips to protect your personal safety.
Safety-proof your residence
You may think thieves or attackers wouldn't be brazen enough to try to enter your residence through a door left propped open or an unlocked window, but unfortunately you'd be wrong. Consider using sensor and timing systems to control lighting and, if necessary, you can leave lights or a radio on to make it appear someone is home. Make sure everyone who needs access has a key and never hide one outside in the event an intruder may find it.
Always let friends or your roommate know where you’re going in advance and when you’ll be back. Knowing your plans will help them identify any issues later.
Travel in numbers
The good old-fashioned buddy system (travelling in pairs or in a group) provides safety in numbers, especially at night. At night, stick to well-lit paths and never take short-cuts, no matter how much time you may save. Campus security often provide safe walks for your protection too.
Be aware of posting your whereabouts online
While many people like to 'check in' online, avoid posting your daily activities or weekly plans such as nights out, vacations or weekends away, which can leave you or your roommates vulnerable.
Report suspicious behaviour immediately
Follow your instincts and don’t second-guess yourself that it's "just your imagination." If you feel unsafe or see something suspicious, get away as quickly as possible and report it to campus security or police.