10 Security Must-Haves for College Students
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As a freshman in college, Kay Lindenberg had several campus security incidents — including a break-in that occurred while she and her roommate were asleep in their room.
"I actually woke up with the robber hovering over me and ended up chasing a guy out of our dorm — quick reflexes, but probably not the smartest idea," said Lindenberg, who's now a public-relations professional in Chicago. "In the end, just about all the electronic devicesin our room were gone."
Lindenberg’s experience shows that no matter how safe a college campus is, danger still lurks.
At home, security — both physical and digital — 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.
So when buying supplies for college, these 10 items should be added to the shopping list.
A lockbox or small safe
The best way to protect valuables, money and small electronic items is to lock them up in a sturdy lockbox or a small safe.
Fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment
Melissa Lamb Assael, a college-admissions consultant in the New York area, said she bought her own college-bound children small fire extinguishers.
"I also brought in a smoke alarm to be kept in my daughter's bedroom when there wasn't one in there," Assael said.
Flashlights and extra batteries
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.
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.
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.
Rick Brandt, a junior at the University of Iowa and a student leader for his school's Welcome Week, said he locks his computer to his desk whenever there is a social event at his residence.
Bike locks and steering wheel locks
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.
A steering wheel lock gives an extra level of protection for those bringing a car to campus.