Going to college can be exciting and intimidating especially if it is your first time away from home. There are so many new and unfamiliar things, at times, it can be overwhelming. With so much on your plate, you don’t want to have to worry about being safe in your dorm room, it should feel like a home away from home. That’s why we put together a few tips on how to make your dorm room feel like a safe space.
Keep Things Locked
Though it may seem to go without saying, keeping your dorm room locked is critical. Even if you are just going to be gone for a few minutes make sure that you lock the door. If you have a roommate, talk to them about making it a habit to keep the door locked at all times. When you are at college all of your worldly possessions are in one place, your dorm room. You don’t want to make your dorm an easy target for would-be thieves by leaving it vacant and unlocked. Any windows, especially if you are on the first floor, can also be a point of entry for thieves so make sure those are locked as well.
Keep Valuables Out of Sight
You don’t want to put expensive items that you brought with you to college at risk of being stolen. While you don’t want any of your things to be stolen the more expensive items may require a little extra attention. Find a place that is out of sight and secure that you can keep these things. You may even consider bringing a small safe for your room for an added level of security. You should also get them registered with the security office and consider getting them insured.
For an extra layer of security, and peace of mind you can buy motion sensors for your doors and windows. These can alert you of an intruder whether you are home or in class. As a last resort consider carrying pepper spray or other self-defense items.
College is a time to have fun, learn, meet new people and grow. In order to make the most of your time in college keep your dorm safe. This will let you relax and enjoy the experience.
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