When our teens go off to college, for many of them, it might be their first time they’re living on their own. And with all of the new responsibilities of school and being away from home, it’s possible that some very basic safety concerns could slip through the cracks.
We’ve profiled many cases over the years on AMW involving home invasions, including the case of the Collgetown Creeper, who targeted female students in Ithaca, N.Y., while they slept.
The AMW Safety Center has some basic tipsĀ that we should all should keep in mind to help stay safe and secure in our homes:
- Always lock your doors. A broom handle in a sliding door can help to add some extra security.
- Don’t prop or hold doors open for people in a residence hall, allowing for strangers to easily enter your building.
- Keep your blinds drawn to prevent a potential intruder from spying on your movements.
- Keep local emergency numbers in convenient places.
- Trust your instincts. Scan the area as you come home, look for out of place items. If you find something out of order and realize that there is danger, leave your apartment and call 911.
Check out the AMW Safety Center for more tips on how you can keep your home secure.