At first glance, your campus and the city in which you will be learning will show you safe. And in most cases it will be so. Students and local people you will meet will be friendly and helpful. However, going abroad is always to be alert and be aware of necessary security measures.
Petty criminals can put an eye on students, meaning that those need have any telephone, computer or other expensive equipment. According to statistics, at least a third of students become victims of these petty crimes. However, many incidents can be avoided simply by observing some rules. It is better to be cautious than regret about the incident!
Do not stay alone in the dark
Returning home late at night, it is better to have company if possible. The probability to be a victim of the offender less if you are in a group of people. In many big cities around the world, the line between safe and unsafe part of the city can be quite thin. Remember that safety is paramount.
If everything happened that you were left alone, we gathered some recommendations about what to do in this case:
- Always know how to get home. Plan ahead! Especially if you are going in that part of town, which is not particularly familiar. To wander around the poorly-lit road trying to find a way back on the map on your phone – not the best idea. First, it immediately suggests that you don’t know where you are, and also indicates that you have to steal!
- To be in possession of any object alarm security, something like a whistle, can be very useful if you are left alone in the dark. If you sense danger, a loud sound will always help to scare pest.
- Follow valuable facilities. Cover your expensive jewelry, mobile phone, bag, wallet, cash and card.
- Stick to well-lit streets and main roads, filled with people. Avoid dark alleys, avenues and parks, underpasses and Parking lots, if possible.
- Be careful. On the way home, not be distracted by phone conversations, text messages or music.
- Avoid detours. Try not to deal with strange people loitering around in unknown places.
- Make sure your mobile is charged and that you have the ability to call the loan if necessary.
If you have been involved in sexual harassment, violence, or was robbed, immediately contact the police, as well as convey to the University, if it happened on your campus.
Make sure you know those who are
Some campuses are allowed to visit the student activities and others who are not students at the University. Of course, most of the guests haven’t the slightest intention to cause any harm. However, it is better to be alert. Make sure you know the people that are near you. It is wonderful to know new people, but always be careful with those with whom you are not well familiar or someone you do not trust.
Keep someone informed about where you are
Always inform someone of your friends or relatives about where you are going. Tell us where you are and when are going to get back.Check-in via text message or phone call never hurts. If you live off campus and stayed out late with friends, let your loved ones know that you made it home. You can also use this application like Find My Friends, which allows friends and family to see your location.
Keep emergency numbers
Remember and keep with you the numbers of all emergency services. Also keep a spare list of who you can call in case of assistance required. Make a note of the campus number and save it on my phone in case of situations that do not concern the police, such as noisy neighbors.
Use a taxi or public transport
Always follow people and try to go to events with them. If nobody goes in your direction, take a taxi. Of course, taxi is an additional waste of money, but the money is worth your safety.
Unlicensed taxis often parked near the nightlife. Try to avoid taxis of this type! Save the numbers of known taxi companies, or just know office nearest taxi. If you decide to use public transport, take a seat next to the driver, or where more people.
Keep the money that would be required for the return journey, apart from the rest. Thus you do not spend the extra money.
Don’t forget to bring a coat or anything warm on cold nights. Check the weather in advance. In many night clubs are in the closet and a few dollars will not be a big price compared to your health.
Consider the rules and traditions of the local culture in terms of clothing. To dress up and stand out from the crowd, all well and good, but standing out too much, you can attract a lot of attention.
Drink alcohol in reasonable quantities
In many places of the world, drinking alcohol is part of student life. To make sure that you’re safe, follow these tips:
- Be sure to eat something before drinking alcoholic beverages. Alcohol will affect you more if your body is not filled with the necessary vitamins and minerals. In other words, if you ate well before leaving, the chance much to get drunk or get a hangover the next day much less!
- Stick to friends or groups of people you know.
- Don’t forget to drink water when drinking alcoholic beverages.
- Do not have to drink every time you go somewhere leave. If you don’t want to drink, you should not succumb to pressure from others.
- Never accept drinks from strangers, always look carefully for his drink. If you accidentally leave your drink, just forget about it and buy a new one. If you suddenly did not feel well, perhaps in your drink was drugged. In this case, contact someone you trust, and get to a safe place.
- If you drank more your action, make sure you have not entered into any conflict. Stay with your friends or just make sure they know where to find you. Drink water to stay sober. If in doubt, ask yourself: “Do I want to be more drunk than now?”
- Learn to leave at the right time. Sometimes a conflict seems inevitable. The ability to avoid conflict will be good for you. If someone still bothers you or threatens to do so, contact security and explain the situation.
- Always go home with people or catch an official taxi. If you met other students who live near you and also waiting for a taxi, don’t hesitate to ask to share a cab with them.
- Prepare the keys to the apartment in advance. So you get home faster. Check that nobody is watching you. Also don’t forget to close the front door!
Always close your door
A student hostel is very often noticed the robber burglary. Make sure that the front door to your apartment, hallway or stairwell is always locked. Feel free to close the front door of his own room, even if you are away only for a few minutes. Also, try to close the window, particularly if your home is on the lower floor.
Do not leave money or anything expensive in your room or apartment. Keep valuables in a safe place so that they cannot be seen from the window, for example. If you leave your apartment for a long time, think about buying a small safe with the code for storing valuables.
An unexpected guest
Try not to let strangers into the building of your home. If you don’t know the person who wants to come inside, call your friend or roommate and ask if they are expecting someone to visit, or maybe they are waiting for a delivery of something. Try to keep the door to your room locked, especially when your roommate is having a party, for example.
If possible, it is always better to have a spare set of keys left in a safe place or given to a reliable person for safekeeping. So, if you lose or forget the key at home, you can always get in. If you have a habit of losing your keys, come up with something like a chain or a keychain that you can easily attach to a belt, purse or pants.
Lock your car or bike
If you have a car or bike, always use the lockers. Do not leave the keys inside the car and turned on the engine even for a few minutes; don’t leave your bike without rokirovki when going out for a while. Think about where you Park your car or bike – is this a secure place? Stealing cars and bicycles are a very common problem faced by those who forgets to close the vehicle or leave something valuable inside.
Watch out for their accessories
Many students may not realize that it is unsafe to leave their belongings unattended in public places such as library, cafeteria or training room. Ask a friend or your friend look after your things until you return. If there’s nobody to ask, just take your supplies with you! Leave a mark with your name on things if you leave them somewhere unattended.
The security of your phone, tablet or computer
Mobiles are the most popular thing to steal in universities. Don’t place the phone on the table unattended, just keep it in your bag or pocket. Do not use the phone in isolated places, such as in the Park at night, for example.
Very often while studying the theft exposed to such things as a laptop and a tablet. If you have any confidential information (e.g. Bank account number) exam notes, files, projects, or jobs stored in your laptop, then it can end in disaster.Carry your laptop or tablet in a sealed bag. Use of e-codes and the device for tracking your device. Various anti-theft and tracking software such as Find My Mac can be useful if your laptop or tablet suddenly disappeared.
Theft of electronics is quite common, but it does not mean that it will happen to you!
Do not store passwords to social networks or credit card numbers on your computer or phone. If your accessories are stolen or lost, your information will be under great risk!
Treatment with money
Do not store the wallet in the back pocket of your trousers or in an open bag, especially when you are in transport or on the street. If your wallet Packed with money ( what not to do) try to open it discreetly to avoid unwanted attention. If you have lost your credit card or suspect it has been stolen, immediately contact the Bank to avoid data loss.
Destroy old credit cards by cutting the chip or the magnetic stripe, even if they were deactivated. In addition, it is important to carefully destroy any documents carrying the information your Bank or credit card.
Check the ATM before withdrawing money to ensure that it nedodelannye. Tracking devices can be attached to the card slot to scan your card and withdraw money from it. Do not forget to block your pin when you enter it.
Your health insurance, home, car or property is one of the best ways to stay safe while studying! Insurance for students, as a rule, is not expensive. Paying a small amount for the insurance will pay for it, if you suddenly find yourself in a situation you would not have been able to cover! Health care costs can be very large in some countries, so take along a medical insurance is very important while studying.
More than half of all students who become a victim of petty theft is not insured. Issue an insurance policy that will cover theft of your valuables.
Don’t forget to report any incidents of theft to the police immediately after it happened, because it takes enough time to make an insurance claim.
Accidents can happen even where you feel most secure. So, here we have collected some of the precautions that should be followed to remain safe, even while at home:
- Make sure your fire alarm is in working condition.
- In the case of an emergency, make sure all exits are free.
- Make sure you know all the fire exits in the building of your home, as well as the location of fire fighting equipment.
- Be careful while cooking. More than half of all fires start in the kitchen.
- Do not smoke in the room. Extinguish cigarette butts properly.
- Close Windows and doors at night.
- Turn off any electrical appliances when you are not using them.
- Do not leave valuables in sight.
- Don’t keep all spare keys in a visible place. Better give storage to someone of a family member or friend.
Although many of these tips may seem obvious, very often students forget about them in the flurry days. Stick to our advice and keep safe yourself and your stuff while studying.
Not sure how safe the University campus or the city in which you are going to learn? Check the safety rating on the website Study Advisory!This rating is exclusively for students, so you can rely on the information provided 100%.
From the Study Advisory team, we wish you to enjoy student life and, of course,not to forget about safety!