Time to review safety as Hofstra mourns student slain

Hofstra skyline

Hofstra skyline. Photo by public domain by its author, Dan14641 at the wikipedia project File:Hofstra skyline.jpg – Wikimedia Commonscommons.wikimedia.org

It’s a parent’s worse nightmare and it happened in a suburb on Long Island. Hofstra junior Andrea Rebello was slain Friday during a home invasion in her off campus residence.

The tragedy occurred two days before a ubiquitous college joy: college graduation.

Read on for the grim facts, graduation grieving, and going forward with a 10 step review of basic safety procedures for on and off campus living.




*POCSmom’s Insight: College Campus Safety

Cliché: Safety first.  
POCS Reality: Whether at home or at college, students should be safety conscious.


As students prepare for college, it is time for THE TALK. The one where parents get to be protective and students get to be treated like children, not the adults they have become. I’m talking about the safety talk.

Unfortunately, crime can happen anywhere and college campuses are no exception. Better to be safe than sorry, so find the fun and have this talk over ice cream.

Here are 5 issues and suggestions for actions:



The destination requires walking alone in dark or quiet areas. Call for campus escort service/safety officers.
Dorm room door is often open or unlocked. Leave valuables at home or store them in a hidden “safe” (a disguised product with a hidden opening or a lock box with a metal cord that attaches to a secured object).
May need to call for help. Carry a whistle for emergencies.
Students are vulnerable to Identity Theft. Monitor bank accounts, secure personal and financial info, lock your computer, keep passwords secret and change them often.
Attending a party full of strangers and leave a beverage unattended. Unless a friend has your back and held your drink, take a fresh one.

POCSmom’s Insight: There is safety in numbers and nothing beats the watchful eye of a trusted friend.

What other scenarios can parents and students brainstorm? Include what to do and how to contact each other in case of an emergency. Review campus security policies like blue light call boxes.

Read more but don’t get freaked by the crime stats:


Check your own college’s stats at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ by typing in your school’s name and looking under the category Campus Security.

*POCS: Parent Of a College Student