Maryland’s Department of Public Safety, University Police, and numerous educational programs on campus provide a safe and prepared community for most students, but the location of campus causes potential concern. No matter how many video cameras, emergency phones, or neighborhood watches there are at Maryland, trespassers, vagrants, and criminals will still make their way beyond the gates after hours. As students will learn from experience, educational programs, or word of mouth, these evil-doers could very well be a legitimate part of the Maryland community, such as students themselves. Like many campuses nationwide, there are petty thefts, a few robberies, and a couple of reported sexual assaults each semester.
For students concerned about being out at night, here’s an easy tip: practice running fast. The best method of traveling across campus without a car after dark is to run. It is not only healthy and time-saving, but it also lessens the chances of an attack. Many criminals prefer running from the police than running after their prey. If a student chooses not to take the suggested athletic way to prevent being a victim, then there are always other methods of being safe, such as using one of the many exceptional resources on campus like escort services. The easiest way to prevent a crime is to walk with friends.