University police stress campus safety to new students

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University police stress campus safety to new students

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University Police has a few tips to help new students stay safe during the upcoming school year.

Chief Randy Stegmeier says students should always walk with a friend at night around campus and avoid taking poorly-lit shortcuts and trails.

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He says most of the sexual assaults on campus are between people who know each other, not strangers.

Date rape drugs are a big problem at college parties and drinks should never be left unattended.

Play Randy Stegmeier on college parties

Stegmeier says always arrive and leave a party with a group of people that you trust, and call police if you think you’ve been drugged.

The university has safety escorts available for students who don’t want to walk home alone.