If you’re spending a significant amount of time on the University of Arkansas-Little Rock campus, there’s a significant chance that you’re going to get mugged. (If you don’t believe me, just turn on the news sometime.) Now, of course you can’t carry dangerous weapons like firearms on a public campus — only criminals are allowed to do that. So how should you fend off an attacker? A recent email from the school’s Department of Public Safety provides some
1. “Always pay attention to your surroundings.”
2. “Glance or nod” which will “help you show anyone who might think that you are not paying attention, and you are aware of their presence.”
3. Attend a complimentary “Crime Prevention presentation or workshop!”
4. Park on campus and use the trolley service to get to class so as to reduce the potential attack time.
I know some of you probably think I’m kidding with this list, but these are actual suggestions that were given to a victim of a recent attack on the edge of the UALR campus by Sharon Houlette, public safety expert. It kind of reminds me of that scene from the movie Aliens: an officer is ordered to collect everyone’s (gun) magazines, and one soldier retorts, “What are we supposed to use man? Harsh language?” Perhaps he’d be relieved to know that UALR also offers crime prevention workshops, in addition to allowing harsh language.
While we’re at it, here’s our list of safety recommendations:
1. If you must step foot on a college campus, choose one that respects your 2nd Amendment rights.