Ensuring your student's safety when they go off to college is a huge factor that many parents are concerned about. Many ask themselves, "How can I be certain that they are always safe in their dorm, apartment, or house?" The truth is, we can never be absolutely certain, but we can take precautions and be prepared for any case of unwanted, suspicious, behavior around our students' living spaces.
1. Make sure your student knows to always check that the doors are locked behind them. Whether they are leaving or entering, always encourage them to lock their doors. Even if
they are at home, it is still advised to lock all doors in case something happens and they are in another room. What seems to be so small can actually be overlooked and forgotten many times.
2. Invest in a security system. Especially if you have invested in a home for your student while they are at college, make sure that the safety of your student and the home are a priority. Different security systems offer different features, but most provide the feature of an alert when suspicious activity is occurring. Don't invest in a home while your student is in college and then risk having something happen.
3. Encourage your student to always be alert and aware. Even while they are sleeping, studying, or watching TV, your student should always be alert. It is better to be aware and check anything that seems out of the ordinary, rather than be stunned at the act of another.
UGA and the city of Athens do a great job at ensuring safety. However, not every incident can be prevented.