The recent publicity regarding incidents on campuses has made safety for college students a priority for staff and parents. Although New River is historically a safe campus, it pays to always be careful and use common sense to avoid a bad situation. It is easy to get too comfortable and forget there is always a chance for crime anywhere. Some ways to keep safe include:
Park close to a building, especially for night classes. If the parking lot is crowded when you arrive for a day class and you are staying for a night class, go out before dark and move closer to your class.
Try to avoid parking close to panel vans and other big vehicles that hide you from the rest of the parking lot. It is easy to get pulled into a side door of a van as you exit the driver’s seat.
Hold your key in your hand as you head to your car. If you have a remote, keep your finger on the panic button. If someone approaches you in a threatening way, make your car alarm start blasting. If you don’t have a remote, quickly change directions and walk back to where there are other people or start screaming. Attackers usually avoid a loud scene.
Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable walking to your car, ask someone to accompany you at least part way.
Immediately lock your doors when you get in the car, day or night. If someone gets in the car and orders you to drive away, purposely run into a light pole or a concrete wall or a building at low speed. The air bags will probably deploy and stop the hijacking. Even if there are no air bags, the crash will draw attention and probably save your life.
Stay aware of your surroundings and avoid being distracted. Walk confidently and look around you as you walk. Predators often depend on the element of surprise and try to catch their victims off-guard.
Avoid dark hallways and isolated restrooms. Don’t enter a restroom if you notice anyone suspicious around or if you feel uneasy.
Report anything you feel is unusual or suspect, no matter how trivial it seems. You may prevent a crime.