Be Vigilant About Your Safety

Posted November 15, 2017

As we approach the holiday season, the UCF Police Department reminds you to take steps to protect yourself from scammers and thieves.

It isn’t unusual for law enforcement to see an increase in shopper robberies, get-rich-quick schemes, and other scams around this time of year. UCF is no exception to these crimes.

Just this week, we’ve seen criminals targeting our students. That’s why we remind you to always be vigilant about your safety.

You should take the following steps to protect yourself:

-Use smart judgement. If something sounds too good, too ridiculous, or too sketchy to be true, it likely is.

-Be wary of fraud. Remember that legitimate job offers, housing arrangements, scholarships, etc. do not typically require you to wire money in advance. Never give your money to an unknown or untrusted source.

-Carefully protect your credit, debit and banking information. Keep an eye on your accounts, and immediately cancel any card that goes missing.

-Continuously be aware of your surroundings, and follow the buddy system when possible.

-Remember to always keep your doors and windows locked, even when you are home. Know who is at your door before you open it. Don’t post personal information such as your address or when you will or won't be home on social media.

Never be afraid to dial 911 immediately if you see activity that looks suspicious or makes you feel unsafe.

Safety is a team effort, and we need your help to keep UCF a safe place to live, learn, work and play.