College can be the best time of your life where you pursue your passion and make lifelong friends. However, nowadays with all of the violence and crime going on at college campuses, it can be scary being by yourself. How do you remain safe on your college campus? You have to be prepared and stay aware of your surroundings. Paying attention to your surroundings when walking around night or day and carrying mace for protection are two of the best ways to stay safe.\n\n\n\nThe campus is now your home, so any crimes that are happening on your campus are threatening your safety. \n\n\n\nIt is so important to think about your safety and realize that bad things can happen to you.\n\n\n\nNow, there are several ways that you can go about being safe and live your best life at college.\n\n\n\nYou just need to make sure that you are aware of the crime happening on your campus. \n\n\n\nYou need to be prepared in case you are attacked or assaulted. \n\n\n\nI realize that you have enough on your mind between school, work, and social life. \n\n\n\nYou shouldn\u2019t live your life in fear while on a college campus. Take a look at these tips so you can enjoy your college days while being safe as well.\n\n\n\nNever go anywhere alone\n\n\n\nI know this may seem clich\u00e9, however, the buddy system really does work. Attackers will find you way less likely of a target if you are in a group or even just with one person. \n\n\n\nNo matter what time of day or where you are going you should walk with a friend. \n\n\n\nGoing to class during the day by yourself is fine but just be alert.\n\n\n\nDaytime attacks happen so just be aware and stick to the well-traveled areas to stay safe.\n\n\n\nYou should not walk alone at night. You definitely do not want to walk alone in remote areas on campus late at night. \n\n\n\nThis also means that it is a good idea to let your friends know where you are going especially at night. This way that if something ever does happen, at least everyone knows where you were or where you were headed.\n\n\n\nGod forbid something does happen but if no one knows where you are at it will be hard to look for you.\n\n\n\nYou should also do the same thing for your friends, making sure that you know their whereabouts. Don't let them do anything stupid like walk a far distance by themselves at night, or while intoxicated, etc.\n\n\n\nTracking apps on cell phone\n\n\n\nA good idea would be to share your location on your cell phone with your closest friends. \n\n\n\nThere are cell phone apps that you can download to your phone and your friend can download. This will allow you to track each other on campus.\n\n\n\nThis could be critical in the story of a twenty-year-old woman who was abducted in a parking lot. \n\n\n\nShe was able to text her boyfriend that she needed help. Using the tracker, they both loaded on their phones he was able to see she was two states away.\n\n\n\nThe police were alerted and found her safe plus arresting the kidnapper. \n\n\n\nWithout that tracking on their phones, the police would have not been able to find her as quickly. Who knows what would have happened.\n\n\n\nHere are a few:\n\n\n\niSharing - track members in a group. It can also track a lost device.Famisafe - Great app to track family or friends.Life 360 - I use this one and it is free. The app works great.\n\n\n\nUsing the buddy system or tracking apps on your phone are vital for your safety on campus. \n\n\n\nBe safe and make sure those around you are safe as well. \n\n\n\nCollege should be a great, fun, and wonderful time, so do the best that you can to keep you and your friends safe. \n\n\n\nPay attention to your surroundings\n\n\n\nThe most important thing that you can do to ensure your safety is to pay attention to your surroundings.\n\n\n\nYou can easily get yourself out of a bad situation or away from a suspicious person as long as you are actually paying attention.\n\n\n\nIf you even have the slightest inkling that something is off, you have the right to get yourself out of the situation. \n\n\n\nYour safety should always come first. It doesn\u2019t matter what others think of you and your actions as long as you keep yourself safe.\n\n\n\nSo many times our first impressions are correct about people, but we brush them off. If you have a bad feeling about someone, keep yourself and your friends away because odds are you have that feeling for a reason.\n\n\n\nCarry mace and have it ready when walking alone or in an area that is secluded. If you jog run with it in your hand so if anyone comes upon you the pepper spray is ready.\n\n\n\nSo many attacks happen because the victim is too concentrated on their phone or they are just staring off into space. If you are walking by yourself, the phone call or messages can wait.\n\n\n\nSomeone walking by themselves texting on their phones seems to be the perfect victim for attackers. You are not paying attention and would be an easy target.\n\n\n\nThis is also important when sitting in your car. Many people when they first get into their car will sit there on their phone. \n\n\n\nBig mistake, this gives an attacker the perfect chance to get in your car and force you with a knife or gun to drive to a second location.\n\n\n\nSecond location kidnapping\n\n\n\nI cannot stress this enough do not go to the second location no matter what. \n\n\n\nIf you are driving to a second location with an attacker in the car there are a few things you need to do. \n\n\n\nDon't panicIf the kidnapper is driving then grab the steering wheel and pull hard to cause the car to wreck into a pole or tree.Make sure your seat belt is on. If you are driving then wreck into a tree or another car. The wreck will cause people to come to help you and get you out of the kidnapping.If trapped in a trunk learn how to escape watching the video below.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nI know this sounds extreme but what you face at the second location is not going to be good. Make sure if you wreck into another car you do it slower and not so you injure the other driver or passengers.\n\n\n\nThe best bet is to hit a tree or light post then the damage is only to the attacker who probably does not have their seat belt on.\n\n\n\nYou being distracted makes it is easy for someone to kidnap or attack you. It is simple things awareness of your surroundings that can prevent bad situations from occurring.\n\n\n\nPay attention to the people around you\n\n\n\nSome other important factors are dating and drinking.\n\n\n\nIf there is a girl or guy who will not leave you alone or is making you uncomfortable, tell someone. \n\n\n\nIf there is a girl or guy who won\u2019t take no for an answer and seems to show up everywhere you are, tell someone. \n\n\n\nDon't be afraid to be vocal because if something bad happens you are going to wish you would have said something.\n\n\n\nIf you are at a party, make sure that you only drink a drink if you see it being poured. \n\n\n\nA huge problem nowadays is that people will roofie drinks. \n\n\n\nPay attention and do the best that you can to not put yourself in a bad situation while drinking.\n\n\n\nMany terrible stories could have been prevented if the person didn\u2019t drink a drink that was handed to them. \n\n\n\nYou may feel like these types of bad things won\u2019t happen to you or your friends, but they could.\n\n\n\nSo make sure to watch what you and your friends are drinking. Make sure that if one of your friends seem a little off, you take them home and get them away from the situation. \n\n\n\nIf everyone looks out for each other, so many problems can be prevented.\n\n\n\nI was drugged in college and we were drinking from a community pitcher at a bar. I am a guy and it happened to me. \n\n\n\nThank goodness I made it home but I don\u2019t remember much and my friends said I was acting weird. This is why we think we drank some spiked beer.\n\n\n\nLearn Self Defense\n\n\n\nSo many people are afraid to attempt to learn self-defense because they are afraid, they will not be good at it. \n\n\n\nA few key hits to the right place on an attacker can stop an attack so you can getaway.\n\n\n\nThe more knowledge you have about how to fight back the better.\n\n\n\nAnother great thing is that most big colleges will actually offer free self-defense classes. Make sure to do your research and find out if you can actually take a free class at your university.\n\n\n\nThis way you wouldn\u2019t be spending your money and you could take your friends as well. \n\n\n\nHere is a self-defense video so you can see how a class works.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nI trained in a martial art at Ohio State University and the cost to join the club was low. Even if you have to pay it will not be too expensive.\n\n\n\nBuy pepper spray\n\n\n\nYou must buy pepper spray for college.\n\n\n\nPepper spray and a rape whistle is a must to have if you are a woman in college. \n\n\n\nYou may feel that it is stupid, and you don't need it, but it really can make a difference. \n\n\n\nTo get the right pepper spray to check out our pepper spray review page. I like the gel pepper spray and I do carry it with me everywhere.\n\n\n\nDon't just throw it in the back of your purse and forget about it. Keep pepper spray in your hand when traveling at night or in remote areas of campus.\n\n\n\nAnything that can make an attacker blind or draw attention may just give you enough time to get away and get help. It really can make a difference.\n\n\n\nSpraying pepper spray in your attackers\u2019 eyes can give you just enough time to get yourself out of the situation.\n\n\n\nWe recommend guys carry it also just in case multiple jerks want to mess with you when walking alone. \n\n\n\nI have been jumped before and it is not fun. I wished I had pepper spray on me.\n\n\n\nAll of these tips are also great ideas to share with your friends and those around you to ensure their safety as well.\n\n\n\nApartment security\n\n\n\nIf you are living in a dorm or house off-campus make sure you keep your home secure.\n\n\n\nDo not leave windows openKeep doors locked when inside even during the dayWhen entering the apartment, house or dorm make sure no one is behind you or lurkingDo not give your keys out to anyoneIf off-campus think about getting an alarm system\n\n\n\nWhen I lived on campus we had our apartment broken into on two separate occasions. Both times me and my roommates were home so that tells you how bold some criminals are these days.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nNow all of this isn\u2019t meant to scare you and make you feel scared at your college campus. It is meant to open your eyes to things that are actually happening at college campuses. \n\n\n\nWe want to show you how to prevent bad things from happening to you and those around you.\n\n\n\nThis is probably the first time that you have lived on your own. This means that your parents can\u2019t keep you safe anymore, it is all up to you.\n\n\n\nThis is your chance to actually start becoming an adult. Be a good friend who talks about safety and makes sure that your friends are prepared and safe as well. If you all know to look after each other, you will be safer in the end.\n\n\n\nSafety and self-defense are very important and something that every college student should think about and consider. Now that you are prepared, you can enjoy your days in college without living your life in fear.\n\n\n\nYou may also like these two articles: Top self-defense moves to use when attacked and How to do self-defense training at home.\u00a0\n\n\n\nWe also offer free training on this website.