Crime Watch: Protecting your college student

Students across the country are getting ready to go back to college.

There are some important things a parent can send with them that could save their life.

Lieutentant Cindy Kilgore of Crime Stoppers joined Tricia Sloma on 16 Morning News to talk about how students can stay safe.

"It's a good idea to go in knowing that sometimes people can become victims, and it's a good idea to prepare yourself."

"Number one, always be aware of your surroundings," said Lt. Kilgore.

She also suggests keeping keys in between your knuckles to use as a defense mechanism.

Lt. Kilgore says that any hard object that can be carried can be used as a weapon.

"It's not a bad idea to carry some mace or pepper spray," she said.

Lt. Kilgore says that if students are walking alone, they should let others know their plan.

"When you can, travel with other people. If you can't, let people know what your schedule is."

Program an emergency contact in your phone. If something happens, police know who to contact.

She also cautions students living in dorm rooms to make sure their doors are locked.

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