Advice from college cops on campus safety

WASHINGTON — The Sept. 13 disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham has spurred renewed emphasis on campus safety at colleges and universities.

University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell, who is responsible for the safety of 37,000 students, says it’s important for students to look out for each other and always be aware of their surroundings.

“What we advise is to walk in groups [and] to have situational awareness — so that when you’re out walking about, use your headphones lightly if you will,” Mitchell says.

Read more University of Maryland campus safety tips on the school’s website.

Georgetown University has launched a new smartphone app that can be used to contact campus police and text crime tips. The app, called “LiveSafe,” allows students to call for a ride when needed.

Rides and escorts are also available to University of Maryland students.

“What’s important for our students to know is that there is help available 24/7. Escorts by my department are available if you just give us a call,” Mitchell says.

Also, Georgetown and Maryland campus police advise students to walk on well- lit, well-traveled routes both on and off campus.

Read University of Virginia’s campus safety tips on the school’s website.

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