Updated: Aug 31, 2022
By: Asenath Jimenez
This month we’re including a little PSA, which is long overdue. Many students take night classes, which of course sacrifices some safety. One would hope that people are aware of the dangers that surround the night, but some people forget to take precautions. Here we’ll put some reminders about how to be safe when out alone, day or night.
This one is the most obvious one, but also the hardest one. Try not to walk alone anywhere. Find a friend who’s free or going the same way as you. Safety is in numbers.
As we’ve become more dependent on our phones, we’ve also neglected to pay attention to our surroundings. Keep your up and your eyes alert. Put that phone away, especially when crossing the street because drivers don’t always stop for you.
One thing that will never change is that most of us listen to music while walking or doing homework, or just to listen. This ties into being aware of your surroundings, while listening to music, make sure you can still hear everything that is occuring around you. Keep one earbud out, or keep the music low, just make sure you can hear what’s happening. If you can’t hear a car passing by, it’s way too loud. At least be able to hear someone calling out to you.
There is an app that can be extremely helpful for those who have a night class. It’s called Noonlight. It provides an in-phone alarm so if you feel unsafe, it’ll send your location and information to emergency responders. There is a confirmation process in case it was a false alarm. If you don’t put in your pin after they ask if you’re okay, they’ll send help. You may feel as if you don’t need it, but it’s important to have precautions like that in your hand.
The last one is the Sheriff’s Office we have right on campus. If you don’t know where it is, it’s behind the Tennis Courts, pretty close to SOAR. You can benefit from having their number in your phone, just in case. They are open from 7:30 a.m. until midnight and their number is 661.722.6399