Violent crime is an unfortunate reality in the United States and college campuses are not immune. In the past ten years, murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assaults have been reported on college campuses across the nation. Campuses in the Rocky Mountain West may appear peaceful, but in reality they are small cities with many of the same problems of larger, more urban cities.
Thousands of people make safe trips across campus every day. Occasionally, however, an incident takes place in which a student or campus visitor doesn’t make a safe trip. How can you reduce your chances of becoming a victim? Consider the following suggestions in your day-to-day activities.
It is advised not to prop doors open in any campus residence hall or apartment building. Students are encouraged to report suspicious activity.
If your neighborhood or apartment complex has rules for your safety—follow them. Also, keep your doors and windows locked, shades closed, exterior lights on, and report any suspicious activity.
Keep doors locked at all times and have your keys in your hand before you reach your car. Think twice about giving strangers (hitchhikers) rides or accepting rides from strangers.
Stay in well-lit, well-traveled areas. If you are unsure about an area or concerned about your safety, for whatever reason, use CU NightRide (303-492-7233) or ask a friend to walk with you.
Many violent crimes on campus are committed by people who are under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, some of these criminals might be people you know and in most cases the victim has been using alcohol as well. Most of these situations can be avoided by doing the following:
Although a clear “profile” of the potential perpetrators of campus violence has not been delineated, some risk factors and warning signs for violence have been identified. People who become violent often make their intentions known prior to acting on them. In addition, even when direct threats of violence are not made, perpetrators tend to exhibit behaviors that are disturbing to members of their community. Check the list below for more risk behaviors.
Please keep in mind that many individuals who pose no threat to their community may exhibit one or more of the behaviors listed below. Therefore, these factors should be considered within the context of your overall experience with a particular individual.
Recognizing the signs of potential violent behavior can help to prevent it.
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