Police promote ways that students can stay safe on campus

The area around the American River College campus has seen a number of attacks and sexual assaults the last few months. ARC and the Los Rios Police Department are working together to increase the overall security on campus.

According to Sgt. Michael Olson, the police department increased the number of officers on duty throughout the day.

The school has also put up warning signs throughout the Arcade Nature Trail behind campus, where two women have been attacked since March, and has ordered cameras that will be put throughout the trail.

However, there is only so much the school can do to keep students safe. The LRPD recommends students use follow the following tips to stay safe:

-Stay alert to your surroundings and keep high value items out of sight.

-Travel with another person when possible. There is safety in numbers.

-Avoid wearing headphones and stay aware of your surroundings.

-Carry your cell phone with you.

-Avoid carrying unnecessary items.

-Hold purses, briefcases and packages tightly and close to your body.

-If you must travel at night, walk and park in well-lit areas.

-Know where you are going. Walk quickly and confidently to your destination.

-Have your keys out and ready before approaching your car.

-Check both the front and rear seats of your vehicle before entering and lock the door immediately upon entering.