With the fall college semester approaching, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is recommending a few tips to keep students safe.
First, the DHS says staying aware at all times will go a long way to help prevent general crime and emergency situations on campus. Other recommendations are based on the situation in which the student may find themselves.
Inside the dorm or apartment, students are encouraged to invest in a lockable safe, keep doors locked to their unit, and know a way out of their building in case an emergency situation arises.
Many colleges also offer text message alerts if an active shooter is reported. Students may subscribe to the service.
The Department of Homeland Security also says locking car doors and knowing basic self-defense may assist in the prevention of possible criminal behavior. Part of this, according to a press release, is walking with friends while navigating campus at night.