With fall just around the corner, thousands of post-secondary students are packing up to move to a nearby city or across the country to pursue their studies. Becoming independent almost overnight comes with certain risks and responsibilities, and college kids need to think of safety as well as fun. Here are 10 dorm safety tips to take with you as you head back to school.
“Theft seems to be an issue for university students. Having the necessary protection in place and taking a few simple steps before you leave for school allows you to enjoy your university experience with fewer worries,” says Amy Woods, spokesperson for Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. Allstate Canada has the following dorm saftey tips to protect yourself and your possessions.
How to stay safe in the dorms
Read the dorm rules
Whether you’re living on or off campus, look into the rules and regulations of your home away from home before you leave. Make sure you do not bring anything that is not permitted.
Lock your door
Dormitories may seem like a fun, safe environment, but it is important to make sure to lock your door whenever you leave your room in order to protect your belongings and keep your dorm room safe.
Get insurance for your belongings
If you are bringing any items of high value to school, such as musical instruments or jewelry, consider having them insured against theft or damage before you arrive.
Never abandon your laptop
Never abandon your laptop in a library. It only takes a few moments for someone to walk by and swipe it. If you must leave it temporarily, invest in a laptop lock to act as a deterrent.
Get tenant’s insurance
If you’re renting a room or an apartment in a building, you may be required to have tenant’s insurance, which protects you and your belongings if your property is stolen or damaged.
Check your auto insurance
When you take a car out of province, remember to check with your auto insurance company to see if you are covered while away and contact the local transportation department to see if you need to change your license plates.
Don’t leave valuables in the dorm parking lot
Don’t leave anything valuable in your car, especially in plain sight. Put any high-value items in the trunk or glove compartment where they can’t be seen.
Watch your laundry
Keep an eye on your laundry if you’re doing it at a laundromat to avoid having your belongings stolen. Bring homework or a book with you to help pass the time.
Check the guest policy
How safe is your dormitory building? Look into the guest policy for your dormitory and see what kind of dorm security procedures they have in place. If you feel unsafe, speak to a dormitory representative or an administrator about creating a secure environment.
Hang on to your ID cards
These days, many student cards act as more than identification. If you have a meal plan or library account associated with yours, report your card loss immediately if it goes missing.