There are some very basic things your college-bound daughter or son can do to improve their safety. Crime Prevention Specialist Doreen Rivera says you can start by having them do a little homework. Watch these videos (You'll find them as helpful as they will and they're not as cheesy as driver's ed films!) :
And she offers some helpful tips:
1) ALWAYS keep the doors locked, don't open doors for strangers, make a pact with a roommate not to share, lend or copy keys.
2) ALWAYS keep the blinds closed at night.
3) STORE emergency contact information in your mobile phone including numbers of family members who live nearby and the school's campus public safety number.
4) KNOW the campus and the college town. Walk around and find the safest routes during the day so it's easier to get home at night.
5) If you're attacked, FIGHT BACK, GET LOUD and GOUGE THE EYEBALLS.
There are more personal safety tips all over the WWW. You can also register for personal safety classes with most local police bureaus.