“I cannot wait until midterms are over!” These words are being muttered by just about every college student all over the states. Although midterms weigh heavily on a college student’s psyche, there is an exciting shadow that lurks behind it. The thought of getting through midterms is just the half of it. The other half is much more exhilarating and thrilling…the thought of fun, sun, friends, and endless partying fill the brain waves of most college kids. It’s about that time; it’s time for spring break!
Every year thousand of college “spring breakers” voyage off to some Caribbean hot spot where they will begin their spring break journey. They leave expecting to come back with wonderful memories about their experiences. Unfortunately, not everyone will come back with a great story to tell. A multitude of crimes occur during the spring break season, from robberies and rapes, to assaults and even murders. The combination of the spring break atmosphere, tourists’ unsuspecting attitudes, good weather, and drinking does not help when it comes to crime. Truth be told, tourists attract criminals because of their lack of knowledge of their surroundings. Most advice given about staying safe on spring break usually suggests monitoring your drinking. While this is good advice to give, it’s just not enough.
Here are some tips to staying safe while on spring break:
* Learn about the country you are visiting—Before boarding a plane to another country, do your research. Study the culture and keep track of what is being reported in the media about recent crime and political issues that may impact your safety.
*Check in regularly—Leave your contact information with several different parties, including your parents, and check in regularly.
*Be Inconspicuous―Do not make yourself noticeable, by flashing money, wearing expensive jewelry and clothing, or carrying expensive devices with you. Doing this makes you a target to criminals.
* Use the 360 degree ATM scan―When using the ATM try to go in groups. If possible only use the ATM in the daytime. When using the ATM scan your surroundings by using a 360 degree scan around the area. Lastly, always be on the lookout for anyone suspicious.
*Never wander off or leave with a stranger―Regardless of how cute he or she may be, never leave an establishment with someone you do not know. No exceptions.
*Monitor drinking―No one ever makes great decisions when they have been drinking. You often end up with someone you should not be with or even somewhere you are not supposed to be.
Remember while letting loose and letting go can be a lot of fun, you should do so without destroying or losing your life. Never become complacent with your surroundings, doing this will help protect you from violent crimes.
A Note to Parents:
We all are aware of the numerous amount of tragic spring break stories that occur every year. As parents, these stories are at the forefront of our minds. While we want to let our children have fun, we have to take the initiative to ask questions and talk to our young adults. Not doing so can be fatal. You may feel as if they are not listening to you or your concerns, but trust me they are. Ask questions, and be sure to make it a requirement that they check in with you regularly, no exceptions. Hearing your child’s voice over the phone will not only ease your anxiety but also will allow you to take note that they are in fact safe and sound. We want our children to have a great experience, but even more importantly, we want them to return to us safely. Talk with your child today!
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