Globe’s Point: Stay safe and aware of your surroundings

Happy Wednesday, Pioneers! This week’s Globe’s Point is a little bit heavier than usual and includes discussion about gun violence.

PointAlert sent messages last Thursday afternoon, shortly after 2 pm., about a shooting downtown near the Wood Street Station of the T. Many of us were finishing up 1 o’clock classes or heading to final classes of the day. This instance serves as another reminder for us that dangerous things can happen downtown, and all of Pittsburgh, at all times of the day.

There are so many benefits to having a city environment for a college campus but crime is not one of them. It is sad that so many of us fear walking back to our dorms if it is dark out and face catcalling and street harassment, but it can also be easy to sink into the hustle and bustle of the city and become a little too comfortable.

We are here to remind you to stay safe at all times of the day, no matter where you go. Always be aware of your surroundings. This may be common sense, but it can be so easy to forget. It may be fun to listen to music on your way to class or you may think nothing about answering a text as you cross the street, but a PointAlert message can only do so much, as the notice comes after an incident occurs. Keep your eyes and head up and ears open. If a gunshot does go off, remember to stay calm, duck and stay low, and find the nearest shelter until more information is released.

If you have not already done so, sign up for text alerts from PointAlert at Put public safety’s number in your phone (412-392-3960). Also, remember basic safety tips like walking in a group, be familiar with your surroundings, plan your route ahead of time, and so forth.

With this being said, do not live in constant fear. It is just important to check in with yourself and make sure you are staying safe. Have a great week, Pioneers!