Keep low profile: It is very uncommon to be attacked by cultists when
you do not draw attention to yourself. Being humble, minding your
business at all times and refraining from activities which exposes you
negatively are key to ensuring your security against cultists. If they
perceive that your world is different from theirs, they would in turn
mind their business.
Be friendly but not excessively sociable: When you successfully strike
a balance between making everyone feel happy about you and flirting
around, then your security is assured. Always ensure that you greet
and return people’s greetings. Try to know and relate well with people
who live around you. Avoid unnecessary hangouts at beer parlous, clubs
and dance halls. These places have unfortunately become the breeding
grounds for cultists and their activities.
Engage in healthy social or Religious activities: Let people around
you know that your interest lies in what does not sooth them. By going
regularly to church or mosque for prayers, by joining sport teams and
engaging in some useful ventures that capture your whole time and
attention, they would not have any need to pay you a visit.
Avoid flamboyant public spending and dress codes: If you show cultists
that you have what they need, you easily become a target. As much as
possible, try not to show off with what you have publicly. Your dress
codes tell a lot about you. Your method of spending reveal a lot about
what you are. Therefore, be careful the way you carry yourself to
avoid being spotted from among the crowd of local residents.
Keep your valuables cautiously and don’t tell your friends about it:
One of the mistakes students make is leaving their valuables lying
unprotected. If you are anything like such students, then changing now
is better for you. Do not leave your textbooks, phone, laptop,
jewelries, and other valuables carelessly all over the place. Lock
them up in your cupboard when you don’t need them. Dormitory or hotels
are public places that anyone can enter; an intruder may enter your
dorm and cart away your valuables if they are not well kept.
Keep your dorm room secure: If the door to your dorm is not very
intact, you need to inform the appropriate personnel so that it would
be fixed. The same applies if you stay alone in a room. But if you
stay off-campus, then you must ensure that you have a good Grade-A
lock. You can also install a basic alarm system that would alert you
when danger looms. (Wireless alarm systems are a perfect choice
because they are easy to install and remove, and they are affordable).
Use the buddy system: What this means is that you should never walk
alone. There is power in numbers; the larger your group, the lesser
your chance of being attacked. This precaution should be particularly
observed at night and whenever you need to walk past silent or
desolated places. When returning from reading sessions or church
services at night, make sure you walk in group. The greater the number
of people you walk with; the better and saferfor you. However, you
should not use this principle as excuse to join a campus cult or gang;
as there is no safety or protection in them.