January 20, 2018

Staying Safe on Campus: Using Common Sense on a College Campus

Tawan Perry - Be Safe on Campus

If we lived in a perfect world, crimes would never be committed. But since people are imperfect I guess that will never happen. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you live on a college campus that you or your belongings are 100% safe. The truth is many crimes have the potential to happen on a college campus as anywhere else in the world. If you take the following precautions you can have a much better chance of preventing crime from happening to you.

Social media – don’t tell! We live in a different world today. In our transparent world, the more you share the less privacy you have. Be aware that there are predators everywhere -even on your college campus. Keep your private business to yourself.

Lock up your own stuff – especially if you are going way for the weekend. Don’t expect your roommate to look out for your stuff because it’s a better bet that your roommate puts a higher priority on their own lives and their own stuff. Make sure your valuables are protected.

Get to know people – I mean really get to know the people you associate yourself with. Again everyone doesn’t have your best interest at heart. At least know their last name, where they live on campus, who their friends are, and any other information that may be important to know. This may seem like common sense but it is certainly not common practice.

If you follow these simple tips and use common sense, you will greatly minimize your risk of being a victim of crime on your college campus. And remember get connected, stay connected to your campus community.

About the Author: Tawan Perry (24 Posts)

Tawan Perry is the creator of the comprehensive Connect-5 College Completion Program. As a college speaker and as both a former student leader and college administrator, Tawan uses the Connect-5 College Completion program to help guide students step by step from college prep to cap and gown.


  1. Tawan,

    I think that is the responsibility of Residence Life to “strongly reccomend” that students follow certain safety and loss prevention policies. (or they could post your blog on every door). Then its up to the students to act accordingly.

  2. Andrew Ferguson says:

    Hey Tawan, you gave some really great pointers for students and parents to be aware of . I remember our days as RA’s. First year students definitely need to be aware of who they interact with and be mindful of their surroundings. I think that students need more guidance in internet safety and how thier information can be easily expoited if they are not careful.

  3. Thanks! I too was an RA and without fail electronics did grow legs. LOL. In my experience, I don’t think first year orientation programs spend enough time going over basic things like being mindful of your social media activity or locking your stuff up. But then again, is it really the college’s job to educate college students on campus safety? What do you all think?

  4. Good article. When is was a RA, I can’t tell you how many students came knocking on my door complaining of electronics that grew legs. My first question was always, “was your door locked?” more often than not the answer was no.

  5. Great reminders, I think a lot of students view college as a fantasy summer camp and forget that someone out there might want their new computer for themselves. Duh! Common sense.

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