Community Outreach and Crime Prevention

Florida Gulf Coast University is a public institution and is open to the public during the day and evening hours when classes are in session.

During the times that FGCU is officially closed, buildings are generally locked. The University Police and Safety Department regularly patrols buildings and parking lots.

While university campuses are generally safe places, there are no guarantees that you won’t become the victim of a crime. Criminals select their victims based upon their desire, their ability and the opportunity to fulfill their desire. The community and the police department can to do little to effect the desires and abilities of criminals. We can, however, act on the opportunity that is necessary for the completion of criminal activity.

 


What to do if a crime or crash occurs

Call law enforcement immediately. Even a five-minute delay in reporting a crime can substantially reduce the chance of catching the criminal. For an emergency call 911 or call UPD directly at 239-590-1900 to report a crash or crime.


 

Community Outreach Programs and Services

 The FGCU Police Department encourages all students, faculty, and staff to be involved in campus crime prevention. The Community Outreach and Prevention Officer conducts programs on personal safety, facilitates programs for faculty, staff, students, student organizations, and community organizations. Additionally, the FGCUPD conducts programs for housing residents regarding safe living, sexual assault, drugs and alcohol, theft, and other crimes. Below are a list of programs and services available to the FGCU community.  

To schedule a program or for more information on our Crime Prevention Classes, contact Officer Myles Kittleson at 239-745-4531, or the Police Dispatch Center at 239-590-1900. You may also e-mail Officer Kittleson directly at mkittleson@fgcu.edu.

Schedule a program

  • Programs

  • Services

  • Campus Alerts

  •  Police Services

Resources and Tips

  • Crime Prevention Classes

  • Silent Witness Program

  • Hazing

  • Preventing Theft

Encountering Wildlife

FGCU is located adjacent to a large undeveloped land area to the east, which is a natural habitat for wildlife. Many animals live on or near campus, so chances are high that you might encounter them. Most of these encounters will be uneventful, but there is a chance that you might come across a dangerous animal. Certain wildlife exists on campus that you should keep a distance from.
First, exercise caution. Don't approach wildlife you can't identify. What may appear as a friendly creature might strike out at you. When they feel cornered, many animals naturally can become violent. They have no idea you are simply curious. They just want to get away and hide. It is okay to watch an animal, but just do it at a safe distance.
Second, never feed wildlife. It is not only dangerous but it can be illegal, and in the worse case the animal may have to be destroyed.

  • Alligators

  • Snakes

Environmental Concerns

Florida is home to millions of residents who enjoy the state's beautiful scenery and warm climate. But few people realize that these qualities also create severe wildfire conditions. Each year, thousands of acres of wild land and many homes are destroyed by fires that can erupt at any time of the year from a variety of causes, including arson, lightning and debris burning. Adding to the fire hazard is the growing number of people living in new communities built in areas that were once wildland. This growth places even greater pressure on the state's wildland firefighters. As a result of this growth, fire protection becomes everyone's responsibility.

  • Wildfires

  • Lightning

  • Hurricanes

  • Extreme Heat/Cold

Cyber Crime

7 Practices for Computer Security

  1. Protect your personal information. It's valuable.
  2. Know who you're dealing with.
  3. Use security software that updates automatically.
  4. Keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, and learn about their security features.
  5. Keep your passwords safe, secure, and strong.
  6. Back up important files.
  7. Learn what to do in an emergency.
  • Quick Facts

Disruptive Individuals

  • Who is a disruptive individual?

  • Actions to take

  • Tactics & what to avoid