The Student Union is a social hub for our students. It’s a break for professors and personnel at lunchtime, it functions as a welcoming beacon to visitors, and it’s a link in between UNLV and Las Vegas. It’s also a huge part of a metropolitan campus with thousands of trainees, staff, and visitors going to daily. We are open to the public, so everyone is permitted on university property.
I might have taken that for approved. Just recently I had actually been standing at the steps in front of the Student Union waiting on a buddy when a male I didn’t understand approached me. He asked me for a dollar to capture the bus. I agreed and took out my wallet.
As quickly as this individual saw that I had some cash on me, he informed me to provide him $15 instead. I instantly felt uneasy. Given that I am lawfully blind all I might see was a dark blur next to me. I offered him $2 and he left, but I recognized after the fact that I didn’t handle the circumstance as securely as I might have.
I feel like I was lucky, so I wished to discover more about exactly what I could do. I consulted with Ryan Doyle, job manager at UNLV Cops Services and Imad Mehanna, senior task supervisor at Construction Management.
It’s OKAY to ask for assistance
Though we have a dedicated police that strives to keep everyone safe, they can’t be all over all the time. There are lots of methods we, as students, can take the initiative concerning our security. Having an officer neighboring to help is best, but what if one isn’t around like in my scenario? The RebelSAFE app is made particularly to assist trainees feel more secure.
Established by Doyle, this app connects students directly to UNLV police in case of emergency situation, demand an escort, or leave a tip for police if they see suspicious activity.
If you don’t have a cell phone or have not downloaded the app, there are multiple emergency phone stations that will connect the caller directly with police services throughout school. “We are working on including 147 video cameras around the campus, along with about 100 emergency situation phones,” Mehanna said.
My story may be various than yours, however we can learn from each other
It’s important to count on our instincts. As somebody who’s legally blind, I cannot see my environments so I listen and determine individuals’s responses through their speech, breathing, and steps. You can discover a lot about an individual from easy quirks. Instincts are another aspect to take notice of. If somebody does something that makes you unpleasant, like leave a bag or shouts at other students, it’s worth reporting. “We may get 200 false alarms, however it’s worth it to get that one call that is a genuine emergency,” Mehanna stated.
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