Thursday, June 9, 2011

College student's disappearance heightens personal safety awareness

Although college campuses across the country are less populated during the summer months, that doesn't remove the fact that students needs to be vigilant. This is especially true after the recent disappearance of an 20-year-old Indiana University student, which has police at nearby Ball State University on high alert, according to the Ball State Daily News.

The victim was last seen walking home to her apartment after a night out with friends, and law enforcement has joined with family and friends to help broaden the search. Despite the fact many students have gone home for summer vacation, BSU police say they haven't noticed any difference on how those who remain are viewing their surroundings.

"I don't know that the season, or term or semester that we happened to be at, has that significant of an impact on peoples' individual concerns for their personal safety," associate director of public safety Robert Fey told the news source.

College students looking to boost personal safety while walking around campus may want to buy pepper spray. Experts suggest carrying the device in an easy-to-reach location so that if it ever needs to be used it can be done so quickly.

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