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Security Tips for Your College StudentsSecurity Tips for Your College Students…Whether your son or daughter is returning to college or going for the first time, you want them to be safe while they are at college. Here are 10 simple safety tips from that you can review with them before they embark for college.

1. Don’t allow technology to make you unaware of your surroundings
Everyone with headphones, a smartphone and an MP3 player knows – the minute you’re plugged in, you barely exist anymore! You stare at your phone, zoned out; not knowing what is going on around you. This, in essence, is exactly what you should be avoiding.
When you start to find yourself becoming unaware of what’s going on around you is the time you need to consider turning the music down, putting your phone away and opening your eyes to what’s happening.

2. Never walk alone at night
Walking around alone and in the dark is asking for trouble. Sure, there are times that you need to get from point A to point B which may occur at night, but you should always abide by the buddy system so that, should something happen, you’re not on your own.

3. Utilize locks
While it is easy to become relaxed in college life, some habits should always remain standard. Locking your doors, especially when you are alone or asleep, should be one of them.

4. Carry some emergency cash
It is good to have some cash on you at all times, just in case. Perhaps your credit card won’t work or your debit card gets lost. You never want to be stuck in a scary situation because you don’t have the necessary funds to get out of it as quickly as possible.

5. Locate the emergency system areas on campus
Most campuses have emergency call buttons or phones scattered throughout campus for students to utilize in the event of an emergency. Find out what your campuses system is and locate the areas in which the systems are placed. Should you ever find yourself in trouble, it will be much easier if you know where you can call for help.

6. Know your way around campus
In addition to paying attention to your surroundings; you should know your surroundings as well. Take time to become familiar with campus landmarks and streets so that you are able to navigate your way around – or out of an area, should you need to.

7. Never stay at a party when your friend leave
No, you do not need to call it an early night just because one of your friends does. But, what you should do is ensure you always have a minimum of one person with you that you know (and know you can trust).

8. Avoid becoming inebriated and losing control
If you are getting to the point that you don’t have control of yourself or your surroundings, you need to stop and think about the types of situations you’re putting yourself in.

9. Always have emergency contacts on you or in your device
If you have a smartphone, program emergency numbers into it. It’s one of the first spots hospitals check if you’re admitted alone because they are able to bypass your pass code in order to access your contacts.

10. Ask for Help
If you feel unsafe, stressed, or overwhelmed, reach out to those around you. Colleges have a network of support, including residence hall advisers, health professionals, and campus police officers. Take advantage of the services provided on campus.

This post is the third is a series of posts of children’s safety issues as they return to school in the fall.

School Bus Safety TipsSchool Bus Safety Tips… Soon your children will be going back to school. As parents you will have survived another summer with them at home! In the next several posts on my blog, I will address various aspects of school safety and security. I hope you find these tips useful to your children’s school safety for the coming year.

School Bus Safety

In a few weeks the yellow school buses will start rolling again. Nationally, 23.5 million children are transported by bus on a daily basis. It is one of the safest forms of transportation. On average there are only seven passenger fatalities each year. Most of these occur during the boarding and leaving the bus.

What about the lack of Seat belts?

People believe that children are not protected in a bus because they have no seat belts. School buses have been designed with a protection system that fits kindergarten students all the way through high school without the use of seat belts. The protection system is call compartmentalization because the seats are strong, closely spaced, high backed and well padded to absorb energy during a crash.

Here is a short video on school bus safety tips. I invite you to watch with your children these bus safety tips. Talk with them about them so that your child has a safe and good experience with their bus trips.

College Students Security TipsCollege students are vulnerable to threats to their personal safety.   This is my third post in a series of three posts about school security. The Department of Education reports that on average 20 aggravated assaults and 25 forcible sex offenses were recorded per 100,000 students on college campuses and dormitories. Enhancing personal safety is a top concern for students and their parents alike. Here are 7 top common-sense tips for protecting your personal safety:

1. Keep dorm room doors locked at all times.

Keeping your dorm room locked is a first line of defense against unwanted visitors and threats against personal safety. Always lock the door when you are in your room or away from it, and never give out spare keys or door codes.

2. Whenever possible, walk with a friend or a group.

There is safety in numbers. When you are walking on campus, especially at night, walk with a friend or with a group whenever possible. Let your roommate know your schedule and when you’ll think you’ll be back in the dorm room.

3. Don’t allow strangers in your dorm room.

If someone is at the door that you don’t know or aren’t expecting, don’t let them in. It’s always best to be safe. Many attackers will force their way in when you open the door.

4. Avoid stairwells.

Attackers often lurk in dark or dimly lit stairwells, waiting for an unsuspecting victim. If you are walking alone, it’s best to avoid dark stairwells in buildings and parking garages whenever you can. When possible use the elevator instead.

5. Carry mace, pepper spray, a loud whistle or other personal security item.

You can ward off a would-be attacker and protect yourself by carrying a loud whistle or personal alarm. Mace or pepper spray can also be useful; you just need to be careful that you use the sprays properly. It’s also a good idea to take a personal defense class, which will prepare you for what to do if someone tries to attack you.

6. Limit walking on campus at night.

The majority of attacks on campus happen at night. Avoid walking alone on campus when it gets dark. And if you have to, walk in well-lit populated areas or walk with a friend.

7. Don’t post personal information on social media.

College students love social media. However, posting a lot of personal information such as your location, phone number, date of birth, personal photos and your whereabouts—can put your personal safety at risk. Posting personal information can leave you vulnerable to stalkers, attackers and identity and other people who may jeopardize your well-being.

Following the above tips can enhance your personal safety and keep you safe on campus.  I hope that you have found these posts on school security useful for you and your children.


College Student Security Tips

College Student Security Tips

College Student Security Tips

School Security for Younger ChildrenIn a few short weeks, your children will be returning to school.  They are excited.  You are probably more excited to have them be back in school!  Over the next several weeks, I will share with you some blog posts about school security issues with your children, younger children, teenagers and college bound students.  Use these tips to make your children more secure in their school environment.

School Security for Younger Children

Plan to Discuss Security

You organized your children’s school supplies.  You bought them new school clothes.  Have you taken the time to talk about school security issues?  Set aside some time at the dinner table to talk with your children about their security.  You may find it helpful with younger children to create a list of do’s and don’ts’ about security and post them in a prominent place.

  • Know Their Important Information–A child should know their phone number, address and phones numbers they can use to contact you.   Do they know how to use 911?  They should also have the phone number of a trusted adult in case they cannot make contact with you.


  • A Daily Routine–What are your children’s routine when they are back in school?  It’s important to establish a normal routine for where they will be before, during and after school.  Routines will give you much more peace of mind because you know what to expect. 


  • Stranger Danger–Teach your children never to talk or accept gifts from strangers.  A stranger is anyone your child does not know.  They should also know the difference between good and bad strangers.  Good strangers are people such as store clerks or other authority people who belong and can assist your child.


  • Children’s Rights–Children are often intimidated by bigger children or adults.  They have rights and do not need to endure bullying or any other forms of abuse.  Remind them that it is ok to tell the teacher or principal is something is wrong.  They have a right to call you as parents.


  • Walk Through Your Security Measures–You have probably already installed security measures in your home or even installed a home security system.  You know how it operates, does your child?  Show them the locks, deadbolts, alarm system items so they are comfortable using them and know how they operate.  Don’t take these security details for granted.


Plan a Walk Route

If your child is a walker, you should plan the route with them.  You can test it out with your child and have some fun with it.  Remind them to obey all traffic signs and safety patrol people.  If they ride their bike to school they should wear a helmet and not use headphones while riding their bike.  Establishing a buddy system is also a smart idea for walking to and from school.

School Computers

Check with your school to see that their computers block access to unwanted computer sites.  Cyber-bullying can occur.  Far too often we hear stories about children making a new friend on the internet only to find it was not a friend.  Talk to your children about their computer use.

Latch-Key Children

If your child will be home alone for several hours, have a discussion about your rules.  Who can be in the house?  Never  open the door for strangers.  What should they do if there is a fire?  Who can they call in the neighborhood for help?  Where should they go if things don’t seem right at home?  As the school year progresses, revisit these rules with your child about situations they when they are alone.

Security System

If you have a situation or children that need greater security, consider a home security system.  With today’s wireless systems,  you can install video monitors, open and lock doors from your smart phone, arm and disarm your security system and generally keep a close eye on the children at home right from your phone.  You can be two places at one time! Give us a call if you need help with a home security system.


By following some of these tried and tested security tips you will have greater peace of mind as your child embarks on another school year.  Thanks to Lloyd Security for some of these School Security for Young Children tips.

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