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 the university is officially closed, campus 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 can do little to affect 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.
The Silent Witness Program may be accessed by calling 239-590-1906. This program allows you to report information directly to the police and if you choose, remain anonymous.
On-campus emergencies for
Police call 239-590-1900
Fire/Medical call 911 or
Off-campus, please dial 911 if there is an immediate emergency.
Home and Resident Living Areas
- Keep your doors and windows locked.
- Do not admit strangers. Do not admit maintenance or repair persons without verifying their identity. If you are suspicious, contact the police.
- Lower shades or close drapes/curtains after dark.
- Be wary of inviting casual acquaintances into your residence. In over half of all reported rapes, the women knew their attacker.
- Leave lights on when you go out at night. Inexpensive timers can be purchased and used to convey a sense of occupancy.
- Have your keys ready when moving from one destination to the next.
Apartment complexes, townhouses, condominium communities, and other multi-family dwellings pose unique security problems because of the temporary nature of many residents of lease/rental property.
Here are a few tips:
- Have locks re-keyed when moving into a previously rented residence or after keys have been lost or stolen.
- Deadbolt locks, if not already in place, should be installed on all exterior doors including the one from the garage into the residence. Deadbolt locks can be either single or double cylinder but should have at least a one inch throw (bolt extends 1” into frame).
- Install locks or protective devices on windows, including second floor windows.
- Do not prop open resident hall doors. This is an open invitation to a criminal.
- Lock your office whenever you leave.
- Keep purses, wallets, and other valuables in a locked desk or cabinet.
- Report any suspicious person(s) loitering in your area.