College students sent off to get an education away from home can have some pretty stupid ideas once left to their own devices, and incidents happen. Some offenses are serious, and there are major consequences—the College will do everything from bring in the police to charge hefty fines. However, the general consensus is that Eckerd is a safe and comfortable place. Security is around 24/7, and while the officers can sometimes be a bummer at parties, they make campus feel safe. In fact, it is so seemingly safe and secure here that students occasionally let down their defenses, which could lead to trouble—most incidents and crimes could’ve been prevented. While it’s important to have fun, you still need to make responsible decisions, use common sense, and stay in touch with your friends whether on campus or off. Remember what you’re mom endlessly ingrained into your head about watching your drink and not talking to strangers—just be aware of your surroundings and use your head, and you should be in pretty good shape.
The biggest security issue at Eckerd has been a high amount of theft of Apple computers and other valuables, like bikes and longboards. This has mostly been a problem for students who don’t lock their doors or secure their belongings. Although far less likely, theft has also been known to happen when a student’s door was locked but the window was not. Moral of the story: Lock all your doors and windows, and secure your personal things.