Safety and security priorities on college campuses

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As our local colleges prepare to welcome students to campus, safety and security are always priority for families sending their children to school.

The first thing every campus security will tell you is to get familiar with your surroundings and always be aware of who's around you.

Campuses are full of nooks and crannies. Take the time right away to get to know where those places are and avoid them, keeping your routes on the beaten path and in full view of others.

Also make it a good practice to have a buddy, especially after daylight hours. If that's not possible, always let a friend know when you're going, when you'll be back and keep your cell phone with you in case of an emergency.

But, at IUPUI, they say their biggest issues have to do with property crime. None of their security measures will change this year. Campus security will be strong as always watching and helping students navigate their way through the first few weeks.

Butler University reports the same. They say they will have increased patrols to handle the increased calls they always get at the start of the year as students make the adjustment.

There will also be added security at Indiana University in Bloomington, particularly along the B-Line Trail in the wake of reported robberies.

Purdue has a new comprehensive security plan in place after last year's murder of a teaching assistant in the engineering building.

"There will be a lot of lot of locked doors then there weren't then," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. "There will be new alert systems in our biggest classrooms. We've already explained to faculty all the right procedures in the event there is a natural emergency or something else."

A quick checklist:
-Never leave your electronics unattended, even for a few seconds.
-Never leave valuables in your car. Always put them away and out of sight. Put them in your trunk or take them inside your home.
-If you're wearing earphones while walking on campus, take them out when you cross the street. Make eye contact with drivers and don't assume they see you or that you have the right of way. That's how accidents happen.
-Walk with confidence so you don't look like an easy target.
-Finally, follow your gut. If something doesn't feel right or look right, turn around or call police.