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College Scholarship: Campus Safety

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There are several measures which schools and universities could implement in order to improve campus safety. One simple improvement that could immediately enhance safety on campus is making sure that the campus is adequately lit at night. Reducing shadowy or dark areas where potential attackers could hide would visually improve the sense of safety on campus as well as actually promoting increased safety. Related to reducing cover for attackers, large gatherings of shrubs, especially close to buildings and in shadowy areas, should be removed in order to reduce hiding opportunities for attackers. Like the lighting aspect, this will visually improve the sense of safety on campus while actually promoting increased safety.

Another way of improving safety on campus would be regular and visible patrols, on foot or on bicycles as well as in cars, of campus police around campus housing day and night. While the assumption that daylight is a deterrent for crime, this is not the case; crimes can occur in broad daylight. However, increased patrols during the evening, night, and early morning would not be a bad idea. Regular and visible patrols, on foot or on bicycles as well as in case, around buildings where evening/night classes occur would also enhance safety.

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Students should be informed through both college preview or preparation days of safety measures on campus as well as freshmen year seminar/experience courses. Students should be actively taught how to deal with a variety of unsafe scenarios. Thus far, this essay has focused on reducing attacks, but unsafe scenarios can also include inclement weather. Students, faculty, and staff should all be aware of policies and procedures for dealing with inclement weather or other emergency situations, such as active shooter situations. Campus police should also offer safety classes to the campus community to enhance safety, like self-defense, how to deal with emergency situations (such as who to contact when and how), and ways of reducing risk.