According to a Center for Disease Control survey, as many as one in five women experience some form of sexual assault during their college tenure. In a recent Washington Post analysis of federal campus crime data (published in July), more than 3,900 cases of sexual violence on campuses nationwide were reported in 2012, up 50 percent over the prior three years. As a result of this problem, AlertID and the National Crime Prevention Council are working together to offer their free mobile app and prevention tips to help protect students.
"You can live safer and be smarter both on campus and off if you remain aware of your surroundings and follow a few basic prevention tips," said Ann M. Harkins, NCPC president and CEO.
AlertID offers a free app to arm students with the information they need to stay safe. Once students download the free app, they can view a map of recent criminal activity and presence of sex offenders in the area as well as review prevention tips from the NCPC. Additionally, the app offers the ability to receive timely crime alerts, when a new offender moves in to the area, and includes a virtual "campus/neighborhood watch" that can help to keep students safe.
"When students are aware of the dangers on and around campus, they can take the necessary steps to prevent becoming victims. There is power in numbers, and when students share information on AlertID, everyone can stay informed and safe," AlertID founder Keli Wilson said.
The NCPC and AlertID offer the following six safety tips to help keep students safe on and around campus:
For more information on AlertID, visit www.AlertID.com.
For more information on how NCPC can be a public safety expert for you or how to "Take A Bite Out of Crime," visit www.ncpc.org.