<p> As a freshman in college, Kay Lindenberg had several campus security incidents &mdash; including a break-in that occurred while she and her roommate were asleep in their room.</p> <p> &quot;I actually woke up with the robber hovering over me and ended up chasing a guy out of our dorm &mdash; quick reflexes, but probably not the smartest idea,&quot; said Lindenberg, who&#39;s now a public-relations professional in Chicago. &quot;In the end, just about all the <a href="">electronic devices</a> in our room were gone.&quot;</p> <p> Lindenberg's experience shows that no matter how safe a college campus is, danger still lurks.</p> <p> At home, security &mdash; both physical and computer &mdash; is something parents worry about. At college, students are lucky if they remember to lock the door to their dorm room or to look both ways before crossing the street.</p> <p> So when buying supplies for college, these 10 items should be added to the shopping list.</p>

A lockbox or small safe

<p> The best way to protect valuables, money and small electronic items is to lock them up in a sturdy lockbox or a small safe.</p> <p> [<a href="">How to Protect Your Identity During a Natural Disaster</a>]</p>

Fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment

<p> Melissa Lamb Assael, a college-admissions consultant in the New York area, said she bought her own college-bound children small fire extinguishers.</p> <p> &quot;I also brought in a smoke alarm to be kept in my daughter&#39;s bedroom when there wasn&#39;t one in there,&quot; Assael said.</p> <p> [<a href="">Do You Know How to Secure Your PC?</a>]</p>

Flashlights and extra batteries

<p> Campus-security personnel always recommend walking in well-lit areas, but sometimes students find themselves on a dark path. Even small flashlights will provide some light.</p>

Pepper spray

<p> This is especially important for women to carry at all times. It provides a few extra seconds for a getaway in case of an attack.</p> <p> [<a href="">8 Safety Basics College Students Need to Know</a>]</p>

Laptop locks

<p> A quick trip to the bathroom or the coffee counter is just enough time for an unattended laptop to be whisked away from a table.</p> <p> Rick Brandt, a junior at the University of Iowa and a student leader for his school&#39;s Welcome Week, said he locks his computer to his desk whenever there is a social event at his residence.</p> <p> [<a href="">How to Secure Your College-Bound Child&#39;s Laptop</a>]</p>

Bike locks and steering wheel locks

<p> Bike locks are essential for anyone who plans to get around campus on two wheels. Some students will use multiple bike locks to protect not only the bike itself, but the wheels as well, to keep them from being removed.</p> <p> A steering wheel lock gives an extra level of protection for those bringing a car to campus.</p> <p> [<a href="">How to Secure Your Home, Auto and Smartphone</a>]</p>

Extra door locks

<p> The transient nature of college life means people are coming and going and thievery is more likely to happen, said Robert Siciliano, an online security expert with the Santa Clara, Calif.-based anti-virus company McAfee.</p> <p> Brandt said he has a separate lock on his bedroom door in the house he shares with others &mdash; and he locks it whenever he goes out.</p> <p> [<a href="">How to Set Up a Budget Home Security System</a>]</p>

Anti-virus and Internet security software

<p> &quot;Administrative systems are gold mines for the personally identifiable information of thousands of students,&quot; said Dodi Glenn, product manager at Clearwater, Fla.-based digital-security company GFI Software.</p> <p> &quot;This past June, Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue University and the University of Rhode Island were all part of a targeted malicious attack,&quot; Glenn said. &quot;Because institutions are high up on attackers&#39; lists of targets, anti-virus technology is an essential security tool that every college student must have.&quot;</p> <p> Glenn added that <a href="" target="_blank">anti-virus protection</a> is needed across devices; smartphones and tablets need to be protected just as much as desktops and laptops.</p> <p> [<a href="">How Well Do You Know Your Malware?</a>]</p>

Flash drives

<p> &quot;I&#39;d recommend backing up your key files and such regularly, and storing them on a <a href="">flash drive</a> somewhere obscure in your room,&quot; Lindenberg said. &quot;I know this is sort of an after-it-happens, protective move, but seriously, if something gets stolen right before finals or, probably more likely, your computer crashes or you get a virus, you&#39;re going to be really glad you have a backup.&quot;</p> <p> [<a href="" target="_blank">10 Best Data Backup Software Products</a>]</p>

A shredder

<p> Any document that has personal information that is no longer needed should be shredded rather than tossed into the trash or the recycling bin. Identity thieves go through recycling bins and garbage bins.</p> <p> [<a href="">How to Shred Documents and Stop Identity Theft</a>]</p>

10 Security Essentials Every College Student Needs