RALEIGH: Police stress safety rules as college students return

Campus police stress safety rules as college students return

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Saturday morning, parents were curbside at Shaw, ready to send their children off to start a new chapter. Saturday morning, parents were curbside at Shaw, ready to send their children off to start a new chapter.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

College students in the Triangle are returning to campus and it is the first time for some.

It can be an exciting and overwhelming experience and also an opportunity for crime. While students fill up the dorms, school leaders want to make sure they are safe while away from home.

Saturday morning, parents were curbside at Shaw, ready to send their children off to start a new chapter.

"Everyone is running around like chickens with their heads are off because you are in a new place and you don't know anything," said Shaw University student Shaquavia Bailey. "Being in a new environment and around others you're not use to is very overwhelming. You get nervous and don't know what to do. You're stuck with a lot of questions."

One thing that students like Bailey don't question is safety.

Shaw campus police know how hectic this time of year can be, so they take extra precautions to keep college crime down, especially with new students.

"We bring in extra staff to cover the campus because it's a new environment to them they have a lot of questions so we have people throughout campus to get them where they need to be," said Sgt. Ronald Rogers with the Shaw University Police Department.

He said school leaders and police have meetings with all freshman and incoming and returning students to make sure they know safety rules prior to the start of the school year.

"We give them safety tips about locking their doors, not walking around campus at night alone, making sure they are aware of their surroundings when they are on campus and knowing that if they call the police department we will respond," he said.

Rogers also advise students protect their valuables and if they go out, to let friends know where you are going and when you will be back.

Classes start for Shaw students on Aug. 13.

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