Texas State students need to be more cautious while on campus late at night and should learn skills to defend themselves in case of an attack.
Unless it is absolutely necessary, there is no reason for anybody to walk around campus late at night, especially on their own. Although some people naively believe San Marcos is completely safe and no one would ever harm them, recent events have unfortunately proven otherwise.
The truth is, there are some people in the San Marcos community who wish to harm others and engage in illegal activities. These people have more than likely been in trouble with the law before and do not care if their actions negatively affect someone else. Though it is sometimes hard to distinguish these criminals from others in society, students should always be vigilant and prepare to defend themselves in case the unthinkable were to happen.
Recently, there have been some concerning incidents on campus. According to a University News Service alert, a Texas State student was sexually assaulted on campus between the late hours of Oct. 11 and the early morning hours of Oct. 12.
Additionally, another university press release reported a robbery the same night on the third floor of the LBJ Student Center Garage.
In addition, the same suspect robbed two different people at gunpoint near the beginning of the semester during the early morning hours of Aug. 30, according to emergency alerts and an email sent by the university. The first incident took place on campus and the other occurred near Sanctuary Lofts.
These criminal acts are just a few of the many violent occurrences that take place on and around campus. Students need to take these reports seriously. No one believes something bad could happen to them until it actually does.
If students must be on campus late at night, they should never be alone. Attackers are far less likely to prey on people in large groups or even with just one other person. It is easy to forget about safety at times, but students should make efforts to be more aware of what could happen if they choose to be alone on campus at night. The consequences could be severe.
In addition to walking with large groups, it is important to avoid poorly illuminated places on campus. A person with bad intentions could be lurking in the shadows somewhere on campus, just waiting for an unsuspecting victim who might not be able to see them in the dark.
Although precautionary and observant students have lower chances of being attacked, sometimes it is still not enough. If a student is ever in a situation where another individual wants to harm them, they should be able to defend themselves. Texas State needs to offer more self-defense classes for students who want to learn how to be better protected in case of an emergency. There are already some resources available to students, but it could not hurt to offer more. The safety and well being of students should be the number one priority for university officials.
Campus crime will probably continue to be an issue in the future, so students need to take necessary safety precautions to avoid becoming a victim. People who are more observant while on campus late at night, walk in large groups and know how to defend themselves will be less likely to encounter problems.