Keep yourself safe this Spring
With the arrival of Spring comes the lighter mornings and longer evenings (hooray!) but it's important not to forget about your personal safety.
The streets are busier so make sure you stay alert when out and about. Here are some other things to think about...
Keep 'em closed
Make sure your bags/backpacks are zipped and close to you at all times. The sunshine means streets will be busier so always be wary of those around you.
Shut and lock windows
With the temperatures rising it's important to shut any windows when you leave the room. It can be easily forgotten but at the same time, easily exploited.
Keep your stuff out of sight
Any expensive electronics you have, keep them hidden. If people know you're carrying expensive belongings or can see them through a window, you can become an easy target.
Using your phone or walking around with headphones in can cause you to become distracted. It's always best to be aware of your surroundings so keep that phone-call short and sweet.
If you feel as if somebody is following you, head to a public area where there are plenty of people and ring a friend to come and meet you or the police. Same goes for your accommodation- don't let anyone enter behind you unless they have a valid ID.
Avoid taking shortcuts
It might be the easier option but always opt for the safest route home, especially in the dark.
If you ever feel unsafe, don't be afraid to report it to campus security. You can do this easily with the SafeZone app, just download it onto your phone and have instant access to campus security.
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