more than a “panic button” or GPS app, StreetSafe is
a service designed to give you personalized safety advice and support
any time day or night.
Mexico is the top spring break desination for 2012, according
is a time when many college students like to cut loose and
forget about exams for a few days, but unfortunately, focusing
too much on fun and not enough on personal safety can have
To help college students stay safe while on Spring Break,
Marcia Peot, full time police officer and Chief Safety Officer
at StreetSafe, offers the following safety reminders:
let your guard down. Being on vacation is not an excuse
to throw caution to the wind and do something you wouldn’t
normally do or put yourself in an unsafe situation.
place you are visiting before you go, especially if it’s
a foreign country. Find out if there are dangerous areas
you should avoid, familiarize yourself with local laws and
customs, and know where to go and what to do in case of
Stay in groups
or use the buddy system. You are more of a target when you
are by yourself.
A stranger is
still a stranger, even on vacation. Do not accept a ride
or go off somewhere alone with a person you don’t
Do not drink
excessively. When you are intoxicated, your physical reflexes,
awareness of your surroundings, and ability to make decisions
become impaired, making you an easy target.
your drink unattended and do not accept beverages from anyone
other than the bartender or waiter.
The beaten path
is the better path. Stick to populated and well-lit areas,
don’t take short cuts, and familiarize yourself with
the area before heading out.
Make sure your
hotel room is locked at all times. Do not advertise your
room number, open the door for anyone you are not expecting,
or bring strangers back to your room.
personal security. StreetSafe http://www.streetsafe.com/
is a new mobile personal security system that uses your
smart phone’s GPS technology to instantly connect
to help before a situation turns into an emergency. Street
Safe’s “Walk with Me” service offers a
live connection to a professional Safety Advisor to keep
you safe when walking in unfamiliar or threatening surroundings
and instant access to 911 if needed.