Security Tips From NFCC Security Officers
Campus Security at North Florida Community College provides a
safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and guests. A truly
safe campus can be achieved only through cooperation of all of its citizens.
Letter From Director of Campus Safety and Security
When one of our North Florida Community College Security
Officers is on duty, he or she only has one pair of eyes and one set of ears.
The officer can be in only one place at a given time and can only perceive
what's happening in the immediate vicinity. Criminals usually make it a point
to avoid law enforcement or security officers and while the officer is
patrolling the area around, say, the Student Center, a burglar may be busily
breaking into someone's car on the opposite end of the campus. How can the
officers possibly know what's happening outside of his or her line of sight and
range of hearing?
The answer is, YOU! Our North Florida Community College
"family" can provide us with lots of extra eyes and ears, and when
they're active our security officers can "see" and "hear" a
very long distance! They can, in a sense, be in several places at once.
If you see or hear something that seems suspicious, you're
probably right. Something is out of whack. Don't just brush it off as the figment
of an over-active imagination or the pre-exam jitters. Go ahead and call
security. And of course, if you actually do see or hear something that requires
the immediate presence of a security officer, call for security or 911 right
away! You can reach security by calling 850-973-0280.
When you report what it is that you saw or heard (or suspect),
stay calm and provide as much detail as possible. When you are describing a
person, pay attention to his/her race (White, Hispanic, African-American, or
Asian) and the colors of the clothes he/she was wearing. The color of his/her
hair and eyes isn't a big item here, but it's helpful if we know he/she was
wearing a red jacket with jeans which had holes torn in the knees. It's also
helpful if we know in what direction the individual was heading when you last
If the perpetrator gets into a vehicle, pay attention to the
color of the vehicle and the direction it was heading when you last saw it.
Providing the make and model of the vehicle is helpful, but the most valuable
piece of information you can provide is the license plate number. Of course,
getting a license number requires that you get fairly close to the vehicle and
if a vehicle seems suspicious or if you know the driver has just committed a
crime, stay clear of the vehicle! Don't try to sneak up so that you can clearly
see the license plate or the person as this may very well compromise your
So keep your eyes and ears open and if something seems
suspicious don't be shy about calling for security. Stay calm and give
accurate, detailed information to the security officer on duty.
Director of Campus Safety and Security
CAMPUS SECURITY, will provide escorts (by foot or vehicle), upon
request, to and from campus buildings and parking lots for students and
employees. Contact CAMPUS SECURITY at 850-973-0280. Some other tips:
you are walking on Campus- stay alert and tuned into your surroundings.
with confidence and show that you are aware and in control.
your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, get away.
with a friend whenever possible.
to well lighted, well traveled areas. Don't take shortcuts through wooded
areas, parking lots, or alleys.
tempt fate by flashing large amounts of cash or other valuable objects.
hitch hike. It’s not worth the risk.
you think someone is following you, abruptly switch directions or cross
the street. If you're still being followed, go to a public place and ask
you want someone to walk with you or you need a ride around Campus call
CAMPUS SECURITY at 850-973-0280.
Register with e2Campus
We now have the ability to send text messages to cell phones in
order to notify NFCC students and employees in the event of a campus-wide
emergency or closing due to inclement weather. Registering your phone takes
only a few minutes, and you may register two devices as well as an alternate
email address. This system will only be used for emergency messages at this
Our telephone system at NFCC has the ability to broadcast voice
messages into every classroom and office simultaneously in the case of a campus
emergency. Every classroom and office is equipped with a speaker telephone to
allow for receipt of verbal messages.
Firearms and Weapons Prohibitions
For a complete statement, click on the above
link. Direct inquiries to L.K. James, 850.973.9477.