Section 508 Website Accessibility

Skip to site navigation Skip to main content
Skip to main content
University Police Department

University Police Department

Crime Prevention


The most critical element of any crime prevention program is the active participation of all community members. You are the key element in preventing your victimization.

Florida Gulf Coast University Victim Rights Brochure Governors Office


The commission of any crime requires three essential elements: (1) the ability of the offender, (2) the desire of the offender, and (3) the opportunity for the offender to act. Of these three elements, only "opportunity" is affected by the outside intervention of crime prevention programs. This page will offer you tips aimed at preventing your victimization. These tips will be changed periodically so be sure to bookmark this page for future access.

One program that runs continuously is our "Silent Witness" Program. This program allows you to anonymously (if you desire) report crime tips to the police. The report seeks any information you might possess relevant to crimes committed on or off campus. We will follow up on any leads received via "Silent Witness."

Crime Prevention Tips (Preventing Theft on Campus)

  1. Keep cash, checks, credit cards, and books with you at all times. Never leave them unattended even for a brief moment.
  2. Write name and student ID number, in pen, on the inside of your books.
  3. Keep your car locked at all times to prevent theft of stereos, tapes and CD players.
  4. When not in use, store computers, lab and audiovisual equipment in a locked office or classroom.


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, University buildings are generally locked. The University Police and Safety Department provides regular patrol of 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. We (the community and the police) 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. The following suggestions can help you reduce the opportunity and make you less vulnerable:

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.

In the Office

  • 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.

Personal Safety

Self-protection is the use of common sense actions. It means keeping alert to your environment; not taking chances; being safety conscious at all times; being alert for dangerous situations and suspicious persons; taking precautions in your residence, while walking/jogging, driving, or using public transportation; knowing what to do if you’re being followed; and knowing what to do if you become a victim. Learn how to protect yourself.

If a Crime Does Occur

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 dial 911, from your cell phone or any campus phone or dial UPD directly at 239-590-1900, to report a crime.

Crime Prevention Classes

For more information on our Crime Prevention Classes, please call Ofc. Steve Engle at 239-590-1907, or the Police Dispatch Center at 239-590-1900. You may also e-mail Ofc. Engle directly at

Silent Witness Program

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.

Hazing Pevention which will go to:

Julie Gleason Campus Involvement A&S

Wolfgang Acevedo Dean Student Affairs

Michele Yovanovich Dean Student Affairs

Report Hazing which will go to:

Michele Yovanovich Dean Student Affairs

Cindy Lyons Dean Student Affairs

Steven Moore Chief Campus Police & Safety