DUBUQUE – In light of recent events, it is important to remember how you can stay safe on campus, in Dubuque, and in general. Although Loras is a small campus full of friendly faces, you should always take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. Keep in mind these simple ways to prevent yourself from getting into a harmful situation. Stay safe!
Be aware of your surroundings
As you are walking to your destination, don’t be consumed with your phone or have your music blaring. This can distract you from everything that’s going on around you and can prevent you from recognizing a dangerous situation. Look up and listen. Be aware!
The buddy system
Especially at night, it is important to stick with your friend group or at least one other person. Should there be an emergency, there is a better chance that 911 will be called quicker than if you are alone. If you are alone, though, try to call someone and stay on the line until you arrive at your destination.
After getting into our cars, one of the first things we like to do is just sit and check our phones or start playing music. But you should not remain idle, for it can be a perfect opportunity for predators. Instead, you should lock your doors and leave shortly afterwards. That being said, as an extra precaution, look around the car and in the back/passenger seats and floors before getting into your car.
Charge your phone
Even though it is best not to be distracted by your phone, make sure it is charged before you leave. One of the worst things that can happen is knowing your phone is dead when you need to make an emergency phone call. Also, don’t forget to update your emergency contact numbers!
Always lock your doors! Although it sometimes feels like a hassle to lock and unlock your doors, failure to do so may lead to your own vulnerability, unwanted visitors/disruption of privacy, or easy access for burglars. Especially when you are away or sleeping, lock your dorm room/apartment doors, cars, and even windows.
If you are ever feeling uneasy as you walk around campus, don’t be afraid to call campus safety for an escort to your destination. Simply call the information desk at (563)-588-7100 with Extension 0. Campus security is available 24 hours a day!
Consider your self-defense options
Hopefully, you will never have to use it, but consider carrying pepper spray, a personal alarm keychain, or downloading an app that can track your safety and respond immediately in an emergency situation. These items could make the difference in fighting off a predator but can also make you feel more comfortable and relaxed anywhere you go.