Often at University we’re so busy having the time of our lives that we can let our guards down and forget about our personal safety. Here are Devan’s top 5 tips to staying safe whilst still having a jol.
There are few that deny their university days being amongst the best times of their lives. For the first time in their lives, most people are freed from the watchful eye of their parents. This newfound freedom of university, as exciting and liberating as it may seem, is actually some of the most dangerous times of our lives.
I was fortunate enough to never be a victim of crime during my 5-year university career. I believe this was due to being vigilant about my surroundings and getting into really good habits regarding my safety. These are my top 5 tips for staying safe during your university days.
Safety During Protests
Something that’s sprung up over the past two years is student protests on campuses around the country. I think this is quite an important area to address in terms of being safe on campus.
These protests are becoming quite commonplace in South Africa and unfortunately they arise with little warning – seemingly overnight. Adding to this, we’ve recently seen that student protests on university campuses can turn violent rather quickly and unexpectedly. Buildings have been set alight, crowded areas stampeded, and stun grenades and teargas used to disperse people. This has placed many lives in danger. In most cases, frustrated individuals take the law into their own hands and become violent. There is absolutely nothing wrong with peacefully protesting something that you care deeply about and feel needs to be addressed, (read this article) always remember that peaceful protests are more effective than violent ones. Be vigilant with your surroundings and if you feel things are taking a turn for the worse: be sure to leave the area as quickly as possible. Law enforcement personnel oftentimes cannot distinguish who exactly the culprits are and you may get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Keeping it safe
During our university days we have many things on our minds: attending lectures, passing subjects, the crazy parties. We’re often are having so many new experiences that we let down our guard and forget about simple yet important things, life our safety. Don’t. Things can escalate quickly without you even knowing it, and it’s always better to stay of the safe side of things. Finally, be sure to memorise these three important emergency numbers in case you need them:
SA police service: 10111
Cell Phone Emergency: 112
Here at EduOne, we’re firm believers in having fun whilst studying or working. However, we’re also smart enough to know that staying safe while doing so is the most important decision we can make.
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