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Safety Tips

Prevention of any crime begins with being prepared to respond to any situation. To be prepared, you must be aware of your surroundings and stay tuned in for possible danger or threats to your safety whether on or off campus. Make sure that you have a plan!

The safety tips provided below are intended solely as a guideline and should be used as such.

Plan Ahead

  • Be wary and suspicious of observed behavior or activities that make you feel uncomfortable and avoid secluded places where you are put in a vulnerable position.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • If someone or something appears troublesome, leave the area and contact law enforcement.

When Walking

  • Stay in well-lighted areas, away from alleys, bushes and entryways.
  • Minimize distractions. Even if you are talking on a cell phone or listening to music, lower the volume, keep your head up and frequently look around.
  • Always try to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • If a driver stops to ask directions, avoid getting close to the car and only accept rides from people you know well.
  • If a car appears to be following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction. After you have safely cleared the area, contact law enforcement.
  • If you'd like a police escort to your car, call 850.774.2705.

Traveling in Your Car

  • Have your keys ready when you approach your vehicle and check inside before entering. Lock your doors.
  • Avoid isolated roads or shortcuts and park in well-lighted areas.
  • If you are followed, drive to the nearest open business for help or go to a police or fire station.
Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.