Personal Safety

Personal Safety

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Even if you are an eight foot tall body builder, you are still a target for assault, mugging or a drunk driver. Watch your back. There are a lot of things you can do that will make your environment a lot safer.

  • Avoid isolated and darkened areas, both day and night. Take the busy route (especially if you are alone)
  • Tell somebody where you’re going and when you will return
  • Carry a panic alarm. You can purchase a small and effective alarm to put on your key chain for just a few euro from the Students’ Union shop. They are also available on loan from the College Bar
  • Walk facing traffic
  • Don’t display your jewellery, i-pod, wallet etc. if you can help it
  • Don’t carry more cash on your person than you need
  • If you think you are being followed, go to the nearest place there are people, even a private house, and ring the Gardaí
  • Don’t walk home alone at night even if you are Chuck Norris
  • Never take a lift from somebody you don’t know
  • Know the timetable of your bus route to avoid standing at the bus stop on your own. Most timetables are available elsewhere in your Students’ Union diary
  • Don’t listen to your i-pod or talk on your phone if you feel uncomfortable. This makes you less alert
  • Never walk along the canal, river or sea while “under the influence”. For more info see Water Safety
  • Walk confidently, with your head up and with purpose
  • Trust your instincts

If you are assaulted, help is available 24 hours a day. Go to the hospital and get a check up. Get in contact with the Gardaí and report the incident. If you want, make an appointment with the Chaplain or a counsellor to talk about what happened. If you decide you want to talk to someone at a later stage, don’t hesitate to contact the services. If you are unable to attend college as a result of injuries sustained, you should contact your lecturers. The Students’ Union Vice-President / Welfare Officer can help you do this if you like. In any case involving sexual attack, washing, changing your clothes or cleaning up the immediate vicinity may destroy evidence. You may want to contact the Gardaí first. If for any reason you need to contact campus security, they are there to help. You can call extension 3333 internally or (091) 493333 from an outside line. If necessary, they can put you onto the Gardaí. They can also help you if you have been assaulted.

Artice by
Chris Newell