Did you know that overall crime on college campuses in America has dropped 35% since 2005?
As a parent with a college-bound teen, that figure must give you some reassurance. But before you breathe a big sigh of relief, consider another fact: There's no such thing as a 100% safe college for your new student.
Despite reduced rates, in 2016 alone there were 37,389 criminal offenses reported on campuses nationwide. 16,201 of these crimes were against women.
We say this, not to frighten you, but to make you aware. There are certain things every college student needs--personal safety items being the most important.
If you're not too familiar with this topic, don't worry. In this post, we'll outline five personal safety devices for college students.
It's late at night.
After a long study session at the library, your son or daughter makes their way across the darkened parking lot. Right as they reach their car, a stranger approaches.
In this scenario, there may not be enough time to look around for help or pull out their cell phone to call the police. This is where a personal alarm could--quite literally--be a lifesaver.
A personal alarm is just as it sounds. It's a small, inconspicuous device that releases an ear-splitting alarm when activated. It's enough to stun your assailant or, at the very least, alert others in the area that you're in trouble.
You can carry a personal alarm in your hand, purse, or backpack. There are also versions that attach to doorknobs, alerting you of a potential late-night intruder. For ladies, there are even personal alarms that appear as innocent as a fuzzy ball or a tube of lipstick.
Click here to browse our collection of personal alarms and find that one that's right for your college-bound kid.
Mace (or pepper spray) has been around for a long time. The reason is clear--it works.
Let's return to the scenario above, where your child is approached in a dark parking lot. If an alarm isn't enough of a deterrent and no other help is available, a tiny can of mace could mean the difference between life or death.
Mace is a powerful mix of chemicals formulated specifically for self-defense situations. When shot at an assailant's face from an aerosol can or pepper gun, it causes intense tearing, burning, and disorientation.
In short, it buys those precious seconds you need to immobilize your attacker and get away to safety.
From portable pocket-sized models to mace devices for the car or dorm room, there's an option that's suitable for your child. Click here to view our options of Mace pepper spray safety items.
It's a situation no woman wants to think about--but every woman should be prepared for.
The grim truth is that 570 people are sexually assaulted every day in the United States. That works out to one person every 98 seconds.
Even if your daughter and her friends are safe and responsible, there's no guarantee everyone around them is, too.
Let's say they visit a new bar near their campus one night. They're listening to music, having a few drinks, and enjoying themselves. Then your daughter goes to the restroom for just a moment--and someone slips something into her drink.
She'll have no way of knowing what happened--until it's too late.
Ensure her safety in all situations by purchasing a few packs of Drink Guard date rape drug detector.
All she has to do is put a drop of her drink on the specially formulated test strips. If there's any trace of common date rape drugs like ketamine, GHB, or Rohypnol (roofies), the test strip will reveal it.
If you think a combination of personal safety items is the way to go, you may want to invest in a specialty kit.
Let's say your son or daughter is sharing a dorm room with someone they just met. Maybe their roommate often has company over, or maybe campus security isn't as tight as it should be.
Either way, their dorm room should be a safe haven. A dorm room security kit will ensure that happens.
The kit includes a door opening stopper to protect against unwanted visitors. It also comes with a diversion safe cleverly designed to resemble a book. It's the perfect place to store valuables and ensure no one finds them.
The kit also comes with a dual-action motion sensor alarm/mini travel alarm. That way, whether your college kid is in the dorm or on the go, they're protected at all times.
Taking things one step further, there are also safety kits designed for the college woman in mind.
Like the dorm room kit, it includes a door stop, diversion safe, and personal alarm. But it also includes three more items guaranteed to make your daughter feel confident and safe.
The lipstick tube pepper spray can be used in an emergency situation to stun an attacker. It comes with the Tactical Use of Pepper Spray manual, which explains basic self-defense techniques every woman should know.
Finally, the kit includes a powerful cell phone stun gun. It's specially designed to shock only your attacker, even if you've been grabbed or you're in the water.
Click the image to learn more about the features of our College Woman Safety Kit.
The world is a dangerous place, but there are ways to protect yourself--and your college-bound kid.
Make sure your son or daughter adds these safety items to their list of things to pack for college. It will give everyone in the family, including you parents, one less thing to worry about!
To get more familiar with other aspects of personal safety, check out our latest blog posts.
After all, nothing is more important than the safety of your loved ones.
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