8 Ways to stay safe in student areas
Student areas are notorious for burglaries, muggings and other criminal offences due to how careless and sheltered many are... but it is not impossible to avoid these attacks, just keep your wits about you and you should be fine!
If you're feeling a bit nervous going into a student area (especially in a big city), here's a few tips to make things a bit easier for you.
Always keep your door locked
It doesn't matter if you're in the house or out of it, it's so important to keep your front door locked at all times!
It's also important to have a lock on your bedroom door to protect your personal possessions when you're out or asleep.
Keep windows shut when you're out of a room
Burglars have been to known to enter rooms just as students leave to go to the toilet.
Students have reported in the past re-entering their room to find a man half dangling out of their window as they're making their escape!
Report anything suspicious
May it be hearing someone trying to open your door when it's locked, or seeing someone lurking around your house... report it to the local police station.
Chances are they'll have someone on street parole who can assess the situation for you.
Listen to the police
It may not seem particularly cool to install window alarms or stick a “beware of the dog” sign out of your window or carry a rape alarm on a night out, but at the start of the year, police often will give you these things for free and they can potentially save your life or your stuff.
Forget about how cool you look and use their freebies!
Never get a taxi from outside your house
Order it a few doors down... If a burglar sees a mass of people leave a house for a night out, they'll know the house is empty.
Book it for a few doors down or by a corner of a street for more security.
Never go home alone
Just think of how vulnerable you are alone in comparison to a man with an intention to mug you. Chances are you've had a few too many drinks and are stumbling around, you're a prime target!
Make sure you never go home alone, even if it means having to wait around for a taxi of people who are going the same kind of direction as you – it's better to be safe than sorry.
Find a community buddy page
Many student areas already have these... They're used for finding people to walk home with or walk to a club with on nights out or when it's dark.
You post where you live and where you want to go and a buddy will find you to meet and walk with you for more protection. There's safety in numbers.
Follow your local police on twitter/facebook
They keep you updated on all the things going on in your area, from the very bad to the very good!
It's a good way to keep on top of what's going on in your area and will help to keep you safe.
It's all about being safe as a student while still having fun. If you've got any of your own idea please leave them in the comments below.