While students are eagerly gearing up to start a new life in college, parents might be less than thrilled. After all, it’s hard enough to let a child grow up but letting them go off to live in new surroundings with people they’ve never met before can be a bit much for parents to swallow. However, college campuses are considered one of the safest places for students. Although no campus is 100% free from crime or other incidents, colleges and universities put a lot of resources and effort into making sure their students are out of harm’s way.
College age students are perfectly capable of living on their own but for those living in dormitories, schools take security seriously. RAs (resident advisors) act as den mothers/fathers and are employed for the sole purpose of monitoring and supervising the daily happenings within their assigned floors.
RAs are trained in a number of areas, including making sure students are observing and following the rules and regulations, as well as being where they’re supposed to be. The students themselves also assume individual responsibility for making sure their dorm rooms are secure at all times, their belongings are safe and that they don’t allow people into the dormitories that don’t belong there.
Colleges and universities across the country have some form of security services available to help students feel that they are safe as they travel back and forth on campus. This is especially important in large, metropolitan cities like the San Francisco Bay Area. Aside from well known schools in this area like The Academy of Art University, even schools in the South Bay Area have their own security guards and facilities on-campus 24/7, such as San Jose State University.
Companies like First Security Services have found plenty of demand from businesses, including college campuses, that have a need for specially trained officers. In addition to having traditional security guards present on campuses, many schools also offer special escort services.
Utilizing the escort service is convenient and ideal for students taking classes in the evening who wish to have a security officer escort them either to and from classes or from their classes to the dormitories. For students living in off-campus housing like apartment complexes, FirstSecurityServices.com also provides its services for residential security purposes.
In addition to the measures colleges take to beef up security on and around campus, students themselves also play a part in the process. Common sense is important and nearly all students have the ability to recognize when it’s necessary to take certain precautions.
The most effective steps students can take to keep themselves and their peers safe include traveling in groups instead of alone, especially at night, utilizing services like campus escorts and reporting any suspicious people or activities directly to the campus police instead of trying to handle things on their own. Aside from outside security services, many schools have their own campus police that are very familiar with the facilities and staff.