'See Something, Say Something' Works

Posted March 29, 2018

Quick-thinking UCF staff helped the UCF Police Department and federal law enforcement partners take swift actions in response to a man who displayed distressing changes in behavior and who owned high-powered firearms.

At no time did this young man directly threaten UCF or anyone at UCF. But the combination of troubling factors warranted a police investigation that concluded with the man being taken into federal custody. He will be sent back to his native China due to a change in his visa status.

Again and again, we're finding that "See Something, Say Something" is more than just a campaign phrase. It's a series of steps that are effective and save lives, and it worked in this case.

On Monday, April 9, I will join campus leaders for an open forum about campus safety. We will share what we do to keep UCF safe, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback. I hope to see you 10 a.m. April 9 in the Cape Florida Ballroom, room 316AB inside the Student Union.

Remember that no call is too small for us to care about, and it is imperative that you never hesitate to report suspicious activity.

UCFPD can be reached 24/7 by calling 911 in an emergency or 407-823-5555 for non-emergencies.

Students of concern can be reported to Student Care Services by filling out this form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofCentralFlorida&layout_id=10.

You also can report information about crimes anonymously and be eligible for a reward by calling CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS.