Thursday, March 24, 2011

University of Minnesota police teaching personal safety

Police at the University of Minnesota recently handed out free donuts, but it was the information that came with the delicious pastries that was much more important. The officers doled out personal safety tips as part of a larger campaign urging students to maintain their well-being, the Associated Press reports.

The event is part of the Stand Up campaign, which has focused primarily on encouraging students to be aware of their surroundings and to be vigilant if something doesn't seem right. Previous weeks have included discussion on high-risk drinking, but the most recent endeavor was aimed specifically at personal safety.

In addition to handing out donuts, police are also hanging up fliers, posters, social media and other attention grabbing signs reminding students what they can do to stay safe, according to the news source.

Those looking for an added boost to their personal safety may want to buy pepper spray. Experts recommend carrying the device in an easy-to-reach location so that it can be used quickly if if the need ever arises.  

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