Safety tips for on and off-campus housing

DUBUQUE – A recent burglary near campus had students confused and concerned for their safety. While the break in did not happen to Loras students, Dean of Students Art Sunleaf gives tips to ensure students’ safety that can be applied to both on-campus and off-campus housing.

“Overall, Dubuque remains a safe community, Loras College remains safe, but that doesn’t mean that bad things can’t happen.”

Sunleaf stresses that the most important thing to do is to lock your doors, even when you’re home. This simple action is one that many tend to forget about, but is crucial.

Be aware of what is happening in your neighborhood. If something seems suspicious, take action by calling Campus Safety or the Dubuque Police non-emergency number. Also, don’t rely on others to take action first. Be proactive in order to secure your own safety and the safety of others.

Finally, always travel in pairs, especially late at night. Sunleaf reminds students that house parties are prime opportunities for potential danger. Look out for each other and for yourself.

Despite all of the precautions, Sunleaf ensures that campus is still a very safe place.

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Rachel Choice is a senior from Batavia, IL. She reports for LCTV News and acts as Director for SportsZone as well as Producer for LCTV+, the online social media presence for News. Rachel hopes to one day work in film and television production, and chose Loras as the perfect school to gain the experience she couldn’t receive elsewhere.

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