If you worry about the safety of your teen when they go to college and about theft and vandalism, there are a few things you will want to get your child before they pack up their bags and head to campus. You don't want to worry constantly that someone is doing damage to their vehicle, that they are going to have their jewelry, money, or cards stolen, or that they will get attacked. Consider the following thing for your teen before they are out of your sight and care.
Cars are frequently targeted in college-campus parking lots and in housing parking lots because there are so many people going in and out that it's difficult to keep track of who should be in the area and who shouldn't be. Make sure that your teen has a car-alarm system to keep people out of their vehicle and so the vehicle sounds loudly if someone has intruded.
You can get a system that will link to their smart phone and yours as well, if you want. A small blinking light that indicates there is a security system could be enough to keep someone away.
You never know who will be going in and out of your teen's room or who you can trust. You'll want your teen to get a small safe where they can keep valuable items when they are in class or going out for the night or just to store some emergency cash if they lose one of their cards. There are a variety of sizes you can get, and these small safes are easy to hide.
If your teen is alone in a parking lot, walking back from class by themselves, or in another place where they fear that they aren't safe, pepper spray is a great item for them to have. They can use it for protection without seriously hurting someone, and it's something that they won't get in trouble for carrying around in their bag or purse. They may also want a canister for their room or car.
These are just a few of the things that you want to do before your teen leaves, but you also want to get renter's insurance or other types of policies for college students for monetary protection if something does happen. Talk with your teen about safe behavior and do your best to prepare them for the dangers that they could face on campus.