Six security devices every college kid needs


College is about education, but it’s also a time for most students to leave home and start transitioning into adult life. This means not only are students worried about finals and homework assignments, they must also concern themselves with personal safety, daily housework and chores, as well as finance management.

Protecting against vandalism and theft may not have crossed many new students minds, but knowing the basics of personal security can go a long way. Below is a list of six top security devices college students need in order to stay safe and have fun while earning their degree. From room safes to personal safety buttons, these devices are inexpensive in monetary value, but priceless when it comes to a student’s wellbeing and security.


1. Laptop Lock

Laptop locks are widely available, low-tech, and extremely useful, especially for students who use them often. Like bicycle locks, it works by securing a laptop with an unbreakable cord that is secured to an outlet that can only be released with a four-digit code. This keeps a student’s laptop in one place, even if they leave it unattended for a short while. 

2. Room Safe

Dorm rooms are social gathering places, but that doesn’t mean students should leave their valuables out in the open. A room safe is perfect for storing purses, wallets, passports, identifying papers, and laptops. Store a safe under a bed or in a closet out of view. There are even some safes that are pre-installed on dorm furniture.

3. Home or Rental Security

Technology has now made it possible for even lowly dorm rooms to be outfitted with home security packages. You can even decrease your renter’s insurance fees in some apartments by installing a security system. Made up of small wireless cameras that feed information to a website or a smartphone, these options can help students keep track of any unwanted intruders or unexpected visitors. Some even come with personal locks that, when opened by an intruder, can alert authorities of a break in that’s in progress.