Going away to college is such an exciting time for many teens. They finally get some independence and a chance to show they can be responsible.
As your Silver Spring teen leaves the nest and heads to college, help them with a few tips from StreetSafe’s Marcia Peot, a full-time police officer and Chief Safety Officer.
1. Tell someone where you are. Let friends or roommates know where you are going, who you are with and when you expect to be back.
2. Close all doors. Never leave outside doors propped open. Don’t let strangers into secured buildings or residence halls.
3. A stranger is still a stranger. Even if they are a fellow student, do not accept a ride or go off somewhere alone with a person you don’t know.
4. Do not drink in excess. When you do, your ability to make decisions becomes impaired, making you an easy target.
5. Be prepared when approaching your car or residence. Have your keys in your hand and check the area for suspicious individuals or activity.
6. Don't be an easy target for theft. When walking by yourself, keep expensive belongings such as laptops hidden. You will be less of a target.
7. No shortcuts when you're walking. The beaten path is the better path.
8. Learn your surroundings. Familiarize yourself with the area before heading out.