MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE UNVEILS“SAFETY IN NUMBERS” CAMPUS AWARENESS DRIVE
CLINTON, MS (27 June 2016) – Safety and prevention are the bywords of the Mississippi College campaign for campus safety education, a series of activities beginning this July, directed toward students, parents, academic organizations, state officials, and MC employees. The program is designed to increase awareness of campus crimes and how to respond when faced with such incidents.
According to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), there is a heightened level of criminal incidents in campuses nationwide. In its findings, NBI bared that students are complacent in their attitudes and feel as if “crimes cannot happen to me”.
NBI added that there are also those group of students who think that the administration is neither caring nor concerned about their safety. Although this trend is rapidly changing, the public perception persists, even through recent efforts to address the concern about campus crimes.
Mississippi College President Lee G. Royce spearheaded the launch of the awareness-raising drive on June 27 at the College of Law building, Clinton campus.
“The ‘Safety in Numbers’ campaign is the college’s response to mounting reports about the prevalence of crime incidents among students and sometimes employees,” says President Royce. “Students in the campus are at a heightened risk of being victimized by perpetrators.”
Better understanding among students and all concerned constituents of the College of just how important being security-aware and security-conscious means is an important aim of the awareness campaign, says Peter Morris, spokesperson of the Campus Safety and Awareness Committee.
“Only through a comprehensive, coordinated, and collaborative initiative like Safety in Number would any campus safety and prevention awareness campaign become fruitful,” says Morris.
Several individuals and public and private security institutions have expressed intent to lend their assistance to the Safety in Numbers Campaign in the form of organization help, financial backing, manpower, publicity, supplies, and facilities.
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