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Protecting Yourself and Your Property While Living in a Dorm

Protecting Yourself and Your Property While Living in a Dorm

It would be a luxury if students could just focus on their studies and growing relationships with fellow students and professors while at school. But according to Research.com’s statistics on student crimes, “Among various crimes in college and university campuses, the most common are burglaries (42%), sexual harassment (31%), and motor vehicle thefts (12%).” Due to crimes like these, it seems that students must also concentrate on actively protecting themselves and their property.

If you’re living in a dorm, this task gets even more challenging. Think about it. You’ve got a roommate you don’t know. It’s a relatively small space, so fire and other hazards are common. Someone else was living there before you, so bed bugs and other bacteria may be festering. The list goes on.

Not to worry, though. Protecting yourself and your property while living in a dorm is simple if you take the following actions.

Secure Your Belongings

You don’t bring an entire house’s worth of belongings with you to your dorm. However, you do bring things that are important to you. You also bring things that are vital to your thriving while in college. It’s only right that you secure them.

Always lock your doors and windows when you leave your dorm room or when you’re headed to sleep. If you’re allowed to, amp up security with a small smart video doorbell camera and/or a smart door lock you can enable or disable remotely.

Also, consider getting a small safe for your dorm room to lock up money, jewelry, and other important personal documents. And because your laptop is incredibly valuable, invest in a laptop lock to secure it.

In addition to securing your physical belongings, protect your personal data.

Protect Your Personal Data

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you carry a lot of personal data on your devices. This information is extremely valuable to cyber criminals who need personal information to carry out their crimes.

Don’t make it easy for them to get a hold of yours. Instead, protect your personal data, first, by educating yourself on cybersecurity, cybercrimes, and common scams targeting college students. When you know what to look for, you can actively avoid it.

Then, adopt practices that help you protect your private data. For example, use a virtual private network (VPN) to safely access the internet. Practice good password hygiene. Enable the cybersecurity tools built into your laptop and any software that you use.

Also, securely dispose of any old or non-working electronics. Using a third-party electronic destruction service is incredibly secure and helps to prevent identity theft because you’re completely destroying the device. So, any data that remained after you wiped and encrypted your device will be gone too.

Brush Up on Fire Safety Tips

The National Fire Protection Association revealed that “From 2015-2019, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,840 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and other related properties.”

Fires are a real risk when living in dorms. The most common causes of fires are cooking, heating, appliances, electrical systems, lighting, smoking, and intentional fire setting.

If you were hoping to set up a space heater, use a portable cooktop, or have crazy light fixtures and a sea of extension cords to power everything, think again. Your dorm rules have likely already ruled these things out anyway.

Aside from refraining from things that could cause fires, you should also know what to do in the case of one. Know the emergency evacuation plan to follow. Make a note of where the fire extinguishers are. And get yourself out of danger when all else fails.

Inspect Your Dorm Regularly

Who else was so excited to move into their dorm that they didn’t really pay attention to what was going on inside of it before they moved all their stuff in? Although it’s not a huge deal, an initial inspection of your dorm is a great line of defense against things that can harm you and your property.

For example, after looking around the windows and other places where moisture surfaces, you may find that there is mold. After looking over your mattress and sleeping area you may find bed bugs. You might also find traces of other insects and rodents.

Hopefully, you don’t. But these things can absolutely find a home in your dorm room and make you sick over time. Protect yourself by doing an initial inspection of your dorm room and then regular inspections thereafter.

These inspections can double as cleaning days. Regular cleaning is another way to fight off illnesses, mold, insects, and other things you don’t want nesting in your dorm.

Pay Attention to What’s Going On Around You

One of the best protection mechanisms you have in your arsenal is you. The more aware you are of what’s going on around you, the more effective you can be at protecting yourself and your property.

Pay attention to everything that’s going on around you whether you’re at your dorm, in class, at a party, or at a facility on campus. Be especially aware of the following:

  • Potential threats
  • Who’s at the parties you attend
  • Who visits your dorm and what they do
  • Which campus security officers are on duty
  • Who’s around you when walking to your dorm or car
  • What’s going on around you during late-night outings
  • Your gut instincts when meeting people or attending events

Awareness and hypervigilance are your friends when protecting yourself and your property while living on campus.


Staying in a dorm seems like one of the most secure living options when going to college. There are always people around, you can rely on campus security officers, and campuses have intentional policies in place to protect students.

Still, these things don’t guarantee your safety. You share the responsibility for protecting yourself and your property while living in a dorm. Use the guidance above to create the most secure dorm living situation possible.

SEE ALSO: 5 Practical Tips on Keeping Your Dorm Room Clean

The key is at YOUR fingertips

The Key is at YOUR Fingertips

Launched at CES and on Shark Tank, security and convenience come together in this padlock with technology that is perfect for college life.

The beginning

Robbie Cabral was in a tough spot. It was the Holidays, he’d just been laid off, and on that very day, his daughter was born. He was depressed and overweight, so he started going to the gym to improve his self-esteem and his waistline. While he was there, he got an idea that would change his life and improve the lives of many. He noticed people leaving keys in their padlocks, struggling to open them, leaving them unlocked.

Why did locking up your things at the gym have to be difficult? Wouldn’t it be great if you could open a padlock with your fingerprint or a key?

Robbie started working to develop his idea: designing, prototyping, testing and revising. After three years of hard work, he was granted a patent. Now what?

He exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and won the coveted Innovation Award. He’d proven his concept in a big way and needed to figure out how to raise investment money and get his product into the marketplace.

Shark tank

That’s where Shark Tank came in. Robbie made it onto the show. His story won every Shark’s heart and his idea, patent and CES award made his proposition irresistible to them all. Robbie especially clicked with “Mr. Wonderful”, and that partnership really got things moving. Kevin O’Leary knew what Robbie needed: a company to partner with who had distribution, a customer base, manufacturing capability and R&D. In comes Hampton Products.

Hampton Products

Kim Kelley, President and CEO of Hampton Products, fit every criteria Kevin O’Leary and Robbie were searching for. In no time, the agreement was signed, as was a check for $100K as an advance to Robbie on future sales. Robbie and Hampton Products have since scaled the first Benjilock® By Hampton padlock and introduced it into the marketplace at ACE Hardware and Home Depot. Benjilock® By Hampton is the perfect solution for locking up your valuables, so you can enjoy college life.


Traveling abroad? The Benjilock® By Hampton TSA luggage padlock opens for you with the touch of your fingerprint, but has a special cylinder that also allows the TSA access, too. Now, you can travel freely and safely without worrying about things getting stolen from your luggage or the TSA cutting open your lock. The TSA Benjilocks can be programmed with up to five fingerprints—and programming is easy with detailed instructions included in the packaging. They even have an optional dial combination on the lock as a backup.

Around campus

Benjilock® By Hampton is great for locking up electronics, backpacks, protecting your things at the gym and—coming soon—even locking up your bike! Just think of the convenience! Program your fingerprint and then all you have to do is touch your lock to open it. No one else will have access unless you program their fingerprint into the lock. The 43mm Benjilocks can be programmed with up to 10 fingerprints.

Benjilock® By Hampton has a padlock that fits your lifestyle.


Clear choice for security

The Clear Choice for Security

Security is increasing daily; people are undergoing hassles at security checkpoints and having to return to your car from either a game, the airport or a major concert simply because your bag was not clear or see-thru instead of visible. Or did you buy one of those cheap clear bags only to have it break after using it a few times? Don’t waste your time or money on anything less than the best and choose Stadium Bags; the clear choice for security.

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Seeing that both college and professional sports have adopted a mandatory clear bag policy, www.stadiumbags.com, a division of Safety Bags, was launched in 2016. Our stadium line of clear bags and backpacks has been featured on TV alongside Kevin Harrington, original shark from Shark Tank, Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®, GMA’s Deals and Steals, InStyle TV and more. Winner of both the Family Choice Award for products in 2016, 17 and 18 and the Fiverr & New York Yankees Game Changer Contest, StadiumBags.com has been making national news since they hit the market!

StadiumBags.com makes safety and convenience co-exist with clear bags and backpacks specifically designed for both the college and pro sports mandatory clear bag policy. Now, any bag larger than the palm of your hand must be clear—but you don’t have to sacrifice on style, quality and privacy to follow the rules! Privacy, how can a see-thru bag offer privacy, you say? Our Cross Body Mini Messenger style bag has an inner sleeve, because while we may be tomboys at heart, sometimes we need to be discrete! The main sleeve can hold up to a 10-inch smart device and you can use it without removing it from your bag. Our Stadium Tote Bags have different color straps for variety, with an inner mesh pocket and side cell-phone sleeve. Our Mini Stadium Backpack is only small in name, and while it meets the 12x12x6 size requirements, it is still large enough to carry what you need to the game or concert.

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