SPRING BREAK | Students should consider safety

With the freedom of spring break  also comes safety concerns.

Ben Hunter, chief of staff and executive director of pulic safety, said he encourages people to travel in groups and make sure that someone knows where they’re traveling.

He said to also check travel advisories, since destinations such as Mexico and other Latin American countries are currently under State Department advisories.

Hunter said students should be prepared for any trip, whether it’s across the border or across the state.

“Don’t just pack the car and head out,” he said.

Other tips from the State Department:
—Don’t carry large amounts of cash.
—Drink responsibly. Alcohol is involved in the majority of arrests, accidents, violent crimes, rapes and deaths suffered by students on spring break.
—Be aware of and follow state and national laws at your destination.
—Take warning flags on the beach seriously and do not swim in pools or at beaches without lifeguards or other supervision.
—When swimming, do not dive into unknown bodies of water, because hidden rocks or shallow depths can cause serious injury or death. Swim only in marked areas and around other people.
—Be aware of surroundings and keep valuables in sight.
­—­­Read rental contracts carefully.

While Hunter said the police usually do not see an increased threat on campus once everyone heads out, BUPD will do house checks if students are away.

Visit BUPD’s website for more information.