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Finding a Safe Campus and Community
Maps and Guides to School Safety in the United States


Above > University of Southern California Los Angeles Safety 101.

In the Safety lesson, you find numerous ways 1) to avoid and 2) to deal with crime in Canada and the United States.

One of the best ways is to avoid high-crime areas whenever possible.

Avoiding a crime-ridden school gives you a tremendous "leg up" in personal safety. After, all you're going to spend most of your time there.

Ask your prospective schools to give you where they stand in terms of crime. .

Note that forcible sex offences are very underreported in the United States, as in many other countries. If you find some activity at a school, there is probably more.

The following link should help you research U.S. campuses.

With just some 10 percent of the U.S. violent crime rate, Canadian university safety may not be a concern.

How to Research U.S. University Campus Safety

Expect rural universities in general to be safer. On the other hand, an urban environment may give more opportunities to gain valuable life experience.

Also expect some surprises.

For example, the campus of the University of Southern California, located in a rather poor area of South Central Los Angeles, has in recent years has often offered a safer environment than the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles across town. Yet, UCLA adjoins Bel-Air, one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the world.

That's not true at the moment, though.

If you seek an urban learning experience in Canada or the U.S., you must decide the level of personal safety risk that you wish to tolerate

Be sure to check Knowing how to be safe, Dr. Voyageur's guide to personal safety in Canada and the U.S.

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