The US is generally a very safe place to live and study but, as with all countries, it is a good idea to learn how to make yourself safer and more secure.
The US is such a large country that it is difficult to generalize and define safety issues. Specific concerns may change drastically depending on where you choose to live and study. People who live in an area are the best judges of local safety concerns. Most communities, however, have a neighborhood watch program, and campuses usually have their own private security that patrols both inside and outside the buildings. Remember that you can always call the emergeny line by dialing 9-1-1 if you are in distress.
Some general tips for safe living include the following:
- Familiarize yourself with your campus and your neighbourhood, including paths and sidewalks that are well lit at all times, where they lead, and how to contact your campus security service or the police.
- Keep an eye on your belongings and surroundings at all times.
- Keep your doors and windows locked and closed, even when you are at home.
- Get to know your neighbors, so that you can look out for one another.
- Talk to the locals. They will have the best idea what local safety concerns should be, what areas to avoid, and how to make yourself safe.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, remove yourself from the situation.
Common sense and preparation are the best ways to keep yourself safe while studying in the US.
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