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    http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/con...1_EI6H5RA.html

    Ohio State University freshman Liz Kallmeyer has one rule when leaving a night class alone: Call a friend at the dorm and, if possible, keep her on the line until she's safely home.

    "If anything happens, someone I trust will know about it," said Kallmeyer, a 19-year-old psychology major from Grove City.

    While no one has tracked the numbers, experts believe that more people -- particularly young women -- are turning to their cell phones for personal security because they can connect them to anyone, anywhere at any time.

    But college officials and police warn that talking on a cell phone can make people an easier target.

    "It's a false sense of security," said Rick Amweg, Ohio State's assistant police chief. "If something happened and you screamed 'Help!' the person you're talking to wouldn't know exactly where you were and couldn't call emergency officials as quick as you could."

    While he's certain it's an increasing phenomenon, his advice is, "Don't do it."

    Instead, walk with a friend or in groups, or use the student escort service, and stay in well-lighted areas.

    "The biggest problem with talking to a loved one or friend on a cell phone while walking at night is that people get so caught up in their conversations, everything else fades into the background," Amweg said.

    But a wireless provider said talking on a cell phone is no more distracting than talking to a companion or listening to music, and many people carry them specifically for emergencies.

    Nationwide, more than 240,000 emergency calls are made daily by people using cell phones, said Laura Merritt, spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless.

    To avoid losing focus on her surroundings, Kallmeyer says she keeps her calls short and to the point. "I tell my friend where I am, what route I'm taking back and if I see anything suspicious along the way," she said.

    Most of the time, Kallmeyer tries to keep her friends on the line until she gets where she is going. Other times, she tells them her destination and how long it should take her to get there.

    Nicole Guy, a senior education major at Ohio State, would rather be with a friend than use her phone if she is out after dark.

    "While I partially know how to defend myself, what if someone was following me and caught me off guard?" said Guy, a 24-year-old Dayton native.

    Walkers can lessen their risk by being alert and prepared for the worst, said Amanda Ford, Columbus police spokeswoman.

    "We wouldn't want to tell someone, 'Don't talk on your phone' if it makes you feel safer," Ford said. "But use common sense, and avoid putting yourself at risk."

    Wendy Powell, 34, of Westerville, said carrying a cell phone while walking her Jack Russell terrier puppy in Sharon Woods Park at dusk offers psychological comfort.

    "Whether I'm talking on it or not, I find I'm more likely to walk tall, look people directly in the eye and feel in control of the situation," Powell said. "I can't explain it, but it's empowering."

    At Ohio Dominican University, officials worry that students are lulled into feeling safe because the campus is "serene and self-contained," said Drew Klein, vice president for student development. "It's easy to forget that anyone, even the most dangerous person, could walk or drive onto campus at any time."

    The school handed out safety whistles to freshmen at orientation this year and to other students through classes and other programs. Next year, the college plans to add two more blue-light emergency phones that directly connect students to security officers, Klein said.

    Ohio University officials suggest that students think of their cell phones as a tool, similar to pepper spray, to help make them safer.

    "Just because you have it doesn't make you Superwoman," said Mark Mathews, OU's assistant police chief.

    He advises students that it's better to be too careful than not careful enough.
    I saw this in the paper today, and actually I was happy to see it. This has always been a pet peeve of mine on campus. Almost every female you see late at night walking by themselves around campus is on a cell phone, and not very aware of their surroundings. They think that because they have someone on the line, if something happens they will call 911 for them, and that makes them safe.

    Because we all know showing off your new $400 phone while intentionally making yourself less aware of surroundings is a good idea (sarcasm off). Situational awareness if your first and possibly best defense for most situations you would run into around here.

    A Jack Russel Terrier puppy and phone makes you feel safer (nothin against the breed, but they don't really strike fear in my heart)? Minimum for me on a walk/run at night is my Delica, G2, and phone, (assuming I'm going somewhere I can't carry like the gym/work otherwise of course I have my .45 or .38)

    Now to just get the school to acknowledge that letting us carry weapons would also make us safer. Don't even get me started on the Blue Light phones...
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    Something I saw on that: "feel safer".

    Why not let us carry on campus and BE safer? Stupid Ohio Legislation...
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    I would say this might be a good idea if you have some kind of hands-free device where you could keep your heads up and hands open for other uses. But basically I think you are probably right, anything to distract your situational awareness isn't good. And advertising that you have something nice to steal isn't good either.
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    Both are right.... Having your cellphone stuck to your ear will distract you. It interfered so much with my driving that I had it off while on the road. I eventually got a bluetooth which allows me to stay focused and drive safely. But I see a cellphone with a bluetooth as a safety accesory rather than a first line of defense just like a tactical light. My cell has that voice recognition thinghie that allows me to place calls with a touch of the bluetooth button and that means my eyes do not have to wander away from a possible danger situation and I can all 911.
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    Yeah...being on the phone with someone you trust will make you safer. Just ask Drew Sidjin (sp?). OH!, right right, you can't. Because she was abducted, raped, beaten and murdered. She was talking to her finance when the scum who abducted and raped and murdered her abducted her in broad daylight from a mall parking lot in full view of anyone who might have been there.

    Cell phones are good equipment to have but they don't deter a damn thing. They are good to call the police after the smoke clears but they aren't going to keep you safe.

    Anyone who thinks that being on a cell phone while in public makes you safer is foolish. It only divides your attention and makes you all that much of a bigger target to the opportunistic scum out there.
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    Miggy, my only problem with blue tooths is when you are standing in line at the grocery or fast food joint, and somebody gets in line and starts talking about weird things with the blue tooth side of the head away from you.

    Then they always wonder why you are staring at them.

    I wish people would be more proactive with safety around campus. I hope some other people around school read this article and took something from it.
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    Worse yet.......

    These days...I see little kids walking to school alone but, on the phone (I guess talking to Mommy) - kids that are Too Young to be walking to school alone and unescorted.

    Mom...get off your lazy arse and either walk your little kids to school or take your kid to school!

    Unreal how stupid some people can be.

    Cell Phone security blanket? I hear you.

    Having a CPhone with you is a good idea but it is not a defensive weapon & will certainly not save a little kid fron an abduction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye07 View Post
    Miggy, my only problem with blue tooths is when you are standing in line at the grocery or fast food joint, and somebody gets in line and starts talking about weird things with the blue tooth side of the head away from you.
    No, worse than that. When I'm eating dinner in a medium to good place ($50+ for two) and some automaton on the next table can't leave his work aside for one moment and enjoy his dinner, let me enjoy my dinner, without shouting into thin air about how this better happen and that better happen.

    I want to go over and flick the little plastic thing off his head into his drink.

    Cellphones are great, so is peace and quiet.

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