June is National Safety Month. A great time to remind you that you always need to be aware of your surroundings and take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. Not just while on your Carrington College campus, but when you’re at the mall, in a restaurant, in fact anywhere public.
Here are twelve common sense safety tips to remember and employ:
- Got an expensive tablet or phone? Don’t leave it unattended. Keep a close eye on your devices.
- Consider engraving identifying information on expensive items, such as your computer or tablet.
- Take pictures of your valuables (with serial numbers) so they can be identified if recovered.
- Keep jewelry at home – There’s no need to bring it to campus.
- Keep your cash & cards on you, in your scrubs.
- Keep your car locked. Put keys, mail, sunglasses, cigarettes, and loose change out of sight.
- If you leave any bags, backpacks or jackets in your car, lock them in the trunk.
- Report any burned out lights in the parking lot or safety hazards to the campus immediately.
- Night classes? Don’t walk to your car or to the bus stop alone at night. Buddy up.
- Have your car keys in your hands when you leave. You can access your vehicle quicker and, if necessary, use the keys for self defense.
- Report anything suspicious (people/activity) to staff, faculty or the campus Incident Commander.
- Keep bikes or scooters locked to a fixed bike rack when you go inside – even if only for a minute.
Carrington College is committed to providing a productive and safe learning environment for all our students. Each Carrington campus has an Incident Commander. If you don’t know who that is on your campus, ask your instructor or any member of staff.
Most incidents are crimes of opportunity. They’re not premeditated, they happen when someone leaves property unattended or unlocked. Don’t give people the opportunity and you’re less likely to be a victim of theft.
The point of this post isn’t to scare you, and there’s no need to be alarmed, but you do always need to be prepared…and not just on campus. The better you are at taking precautions, using common sense, and paying attention to simple tips like those above, the more we can stamp out crimes of opportunity together.