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Preventing campus sexual violence: National Crime Prevention Council, AlertID offer solutions to protect students


Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 11:15 am

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:

  • Be alert to what goes on around campus. One can download the AlertID app and enroll for a free account to receive alerts near a dorm, apartment and on campus.
  • Use the "buddy system." Don't walk alone if possible, especially at night.
  • Stay in well-lit areas while walking at night, and entering and exiting buildings. If an area feels unsafe, chances are others feel the same way. Inform the campus police and let them help make things safer on campus.
  • Lock your dorm room or apartment. Something so simple and quick can make a huge difference in your safety.
  • Never leave a drink unattended. If you are drinking alcohol, be cognizant to make sure no one adds a date rape drug to your drink.
  • Report any suspicious activity observed on campus to the campus police or local police when off 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.

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