Indiana University Bloomington

If you are going to travel during the break . . . . . . . .

Spring. Ah! The weather warms up. The sun actually shines, at least intermittently. The birds start singing. Your blood even starts to flow again after a long winter on the couch and you smile. Time to go somewhere else - anywhere! - and forget about each and every stress life has cruelly and indiscriminately placed on your plate...yeah, forget about it. Stretch out and relax at the beach or in the resort or work it out on the ski slopes out west. You deserve it. You've worked hard. Paid your dues - well, tuition, anyway. You have the absolute right to bask in 9 days of carefree and refreshing time away. No professors. No tests. No papers. No parking tickets. No crowds at the SRSC. No responsibilities! Ah! Spring.

Sounds good doesn't it? Maybe too good. Taking a trip away from campus for Spring Break can be a wonderful experience and while you may not receive any parking tickets on the beach in Florida, you still have daily responsibilities for your personal safety. We all take risks every day and with every risk is a responsibility. Let your decision making process include knowledge of the consequences of the risks you choose to take. Feel free to bask in the sun, but be sure to always keep one eye open!

Here are some risk reduction ideas:

1. BEFORE YOU GO

2. ENROUTE

3. HOTEL LIFE

4. FUN! FUN! FUN! TILL SOMEBODY TAKES YOUR MONEY AWAY...


5. NOW, ABOUT THAT NEXT ROUND OF BEER....

Consider this......

Being informed and aware will increase your ability to make better decisions regarding your personal safety. However, should a criminal or suspicious incident occur to you, notify the local police department (if urgent, 9-1-1) as soon as you can. They should be equipped to provide you with additional response options for your particular situation. Don't hesitate! Make the call! Remember, each of us takes risks every day. Stack the deck, get the odds in your favor and KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES BEFORE YOU ENGAGE! Is the risk worth it? Think about it.

Thanks to the National Crime Prevention Council and The National Sheriffs' Association for some of the information contained in this Spring Break Safety message.