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The cool breezes of fall traditionally inspire images of backpacks and study halls. Yet more recently, for many women, going back to school means bei ...

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Simple tips for campus safety

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(NC)-The cool breezes of fall traditionally inspire images of backpacks and study halls. Yet more recently, for many women, going back to school means being alert and aware of their surroundings. University campuses can bring increased danger and female students need to be diligent and watchful, especially if walking on campus alone or at night.

According to a recent survey conducted by Energizer Canada, 65 per cent of women feel fear or unsafe while walking alone at night; yet few of these respondents carry a protective device with them, such as a whistle, flashlight or panic alarm.

Samantha Wilson, president of Kidproof Canada and a former police officer, says the widespread fear among university women can often have a significant impact on how they perceive their study environment, which is often their home environment, as well.

"Females feel especially vulnerable when they are out alone at night," says Wilson. "By following some simple rules, they can significantly decrease the likelihood of a nighttime assault."

Carrying a device that can alert those around you to possible danger can bring peace of mind to female students who feel vulnerable.

Wilson and Energizer provide the following tips for increased campus safety:

• Avoid unlit or poorly lit areas - If possible stay close to the main road or well-lit areas.

• Avoid being alone in vulnerable places - This includes unlit parking lots or parking garages.

• When possible, travel in groups or walk with a buddy - Many college and university campuses offer a buddy system for students walking alone.

• Be aware of your surroundings - Always know who is in your immediate range of contact.

• Carry a protective device with you at all times - This could include a panic alarm, flashlight or whistle.

"Taking control of your personal safety is something that anyone can do. Back-to-school season is an exciting time - don't let fear get in the way of your success," says Wilson.

More information about protection devices and portable lighting is available online at www.energizer.ca.

Credit: www.newscanada.com