Remembering Safety First
Before your student embarks on their spring break adventures, parents should discuss the importance of safety while enjoying this week out of classes. Regardless of where your student is spending his or her spring break, there are some basic tips that can help your Baylor Bear stay safe.
Before They Leave
- Before students leave their dorm, apartment or house, they should check that all doors and windows are firmly bolted, as well as leave a light on to help the residence appear "lived in." Parents should encourage students to avoid posting vacation and trip information to Facebook and other social media sites.
If They're Driving
- As students begin their trip, parents should encourage them to drive the majority of the time during the day and to switch drivers often if possible.
When They Travel
- If your student will be traveling, encourage him or her to be aware of the laws of their destination. Also, ask your student to give you an itinerary of their trip, complete with his or her hotel information as well as when their party should arrive and return. During this week, students should also always use the buddy system and avoiding carrying all their money (credit cards, debit cards, checks and cash) in their wallet or purse.
If They're Staying on Campus
- Although students are on break, the Baylor police never sleep. This department patrols the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Along with the 5 marked patrol units, Baylor also has a specialized bike unit, which monitors more than 200 emergency call boxes located throughout campus. More information about campus safety can be found on the Baylor University Police Department's website.
No matter where your student is spending spring break, Assistant Chief of Police Brad Wigtil has three main tips for students to increase their safety.
- Students should always secure their property.
"From a crime standpoint, our biggest issue is the theft of unattended, unsecured property," Wigtil said. "If students will lock the doors to their residence, secure their bags and move their valuables to the trunk, they will help remove the opportunity for a theft to occur."
- Students also should get involved to help prevent crime.
"As a community, we all need to take care of each other," Wigtil said. "By taking the time to call in suspicious circumstances or suspicious persons to the police department, we can create a safer environment for everyone."
- Students should be aware of their surroundings.
"In our lives, we have a tendency to become so focused on our daily activities that we lose awareness of what is going on around us," Wigtil said.
No matter where your student spends the week, Spring Break can be a student's chance to have fun and relax with friends and family. By emphasizing the importance of safety first, parents can help ensure their students make the most of their break.