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Tips for Prevention of Office Theft

 

Office Security

Tips on how to enhance security within your work environment

  • AVOID THEFTS OF OPPORTUNITY… Opportunity theft is the direct result of property and valuables left unattended and unsecured, even for short periods of time, which provides a thief with the opportunity to steal your valuables. Opportunity thefts are the most preventable crimes that occur.
  • Always secure your valuables and personal belongings, including cell phones, iPods, iPads and other electronics, in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep items of value out of sight and secured. Do not bring items of significant value to work and do not carry large sums of cash. If you cannot secure the items, carrying them with you is the best bet.
  • Mark your valuables in some distinctive fashion.
  • Ensure that laptops are secured with a cable on your desk.
  • Carry the key to your file cabinets or desk drawer with you, or keep your keys in a secured area. (Depending on your position, if you leave work items locked up and you are absent from work, someone else may need legitimate access to your work materials – so make sure to have an extra key).
  • Turn off your computer at night or protect access to your personal or confidential information on your computer by using a password; you can "lock" your desktop when you step away from your computer for any length of time.
  • Empty out your pockets prior to hanging your coat in a public closet.
  • Familiarize yourself with all emergency exits.
  • If you are alone and intending to remain in your office after normal office hours, please make sure someone knows you are there and that you are by yourself. Public Safety has an "Escort Service" if you feel the need to have someone escort you to your vehicle after dark. Call 301-405-3555 (off campus) / 53555 (on campus)
  • Engage in a "community" watch effort and report suspicious individuals or activity to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
For UM Department of Public Safety service, dial:
911 from campus phones (emergency only)
301-405-3555 from any off-campus phone (non-emergency)
301-314-7900 from TTY/TDD
#3333 from any Verizon Wireless, ATT, Sprint/Nextel or T-Mobile cell phone
301-405-7032 for Crime Prevention Unit (Laptop locks, STOP tags, etc.)
301-405-7032 for Sergeant August Kenner, akenner@umpd.umd.edu, Crime Prevention Unit Coordinator

Prepared by FM Human Resources 11/2012

Frozen Donuts

 

UMDPS “Frozen Donuts” Team Plunge for Special Olympics MD

On January 26, 2013 the UMDPS “Frozen Donuts” team plunged into the icy Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point in support of MD Special Olympics.  The team is made up of officers and civilian staff of the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety.  The following individuals plunged:
 
MPO Clayton Brown
Sgt. John Brown
PFC Patrick Dykstra
MPO John Fitzgerald
Sgt. Ken Leonard
Ms. Victoria Mammano
Sgt. Paige Miller
MPO Sean Rabold
MPO Derrick Thompson
 
A few family and friends joined our officers as well:
 
John Miller
Peggy Thompson
Courtney Wagner
Greg Carroll
 
The “Frozen Donuts” team raised $3300 for Special Olympics.  "I am so proud of our officers and family who joined together to support this terrific cause." - Chief David B. Mitchell.

Spring 2013 Welcome Message from Police Chief Mitchell

Dear Students,

I would like to welcome all of you back for what is sure to be a great spring semester. While I understand you will be receiving many emails pertaining to your academics, please take a few minutes to read this important email regarding your safety and well-being.

The issue of your safety on and around campus is always of concern for us. Since 2006, the UMD College Park Campus has seen a continual decrease in violent crime both on and off campus. To continue this trend I am asking that you take to heart these very important safety tips.

  • Before you leave your residence or go to sleep for the night, check to be sure that all windows and doors are locked.
  • Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you - electronic devices that block your hearing or split your attention make it difficult for you to remain vigilant.
  • Avoid isolation. After dark, walk with others and use well-lit paths. Department of Public Safety escort services are available 24/7 at 301-405-3555.
  • If you feel you are being followed, contact the police immediately. Prevent people from tailgating into the building by ensuring the door closes as soon as possible after you enter.
  • If you observe suspicious behavior, report it to police immediately by dialing 301-405-3555 or #3333 from a mobile device.
  • Note the locations of the Blue Light Emergency Phones and look for them as you walk.
  • Register for emergency text alerts at alert.umd.edu.
  • Follow @UMPD on Twitter for information updates.
  • Download the M-Urgency safety app available for IOS and Android devices. Visit m-urgency.umd.edu for additional information and instructions.

Important Safety Resources

University of Maryland Police

  • Follow @UMPD on Twitter for information on incidents and events or visit our Facebook page
  • Public Safety blog site at blog.umpd.umd.edu
  • UMD Alerts: Register for emergency text alerts and crime warning emails at alert.umd.edu.
  • UMDPS website: www.umdps.umd.edu (contains daily incident logs)
  • EMERGENCY NUMBERS: 911 from any phone, 301-405-3333 or #3333 (from mobile device)

Prince George’s County Police

  • 911 from mobile or landline phone
  • Non-Emergency Number: 301-352-1200
  • Follow @PGPDNEWS on Twitter for information on incidents and events in Prince George's County

While we always do our best to keep you safe, we hope that you can take the first step in keeping yourself out of danger. I hope this information serves as a reminder of what you can do to reduce your chance of being the victim of a crime and to help you remain safe during the school year. I am happy to answer any questions our concerns you have throughout the year. Please feel free to contact me at chief@umpd.umd.edu. I wish you a very successful semester. Be safe and GO TERPS!

Stay safe,
Chief David Mitchell

Career Resource Scam

The University of the Pacific Stockton was the target of a scam where several of their students applied for a job posted on the university's Career Resource Center website. After the student applies, they are told they have the job but the employer had to step outside the country due to a health problem. They mail the student a check for $2500 to be deposited into their account but request the student mail half of it back to a  Michaela Taylor of MAKATI, State: MANILA,  PHILIPPINES. The company is posted in the job site as Lauren Whipple Stables. A search of the internet shows a similar message posted on other university job sites. Fortunately, the University of the Pacific identifed the students before they mailed any funds out.  

The University of Maryland's Career Center is aware of this scam and have informed their users of it.  They are watching for anything fitting the above description. 

 

Responding to an Active Shooter - Run, Hide, Fight

The tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School serve as a reminder that violent acts such as this can occur anywhere, anytime. University of Maryland Police Officers train routinely for such events.  Students, faculty and staff must also be prepared to respond and react to an active shooter incident. Please take a few moments to review this information on this page and watch the short video below, courtesy of the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety.

If you find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan.  The plan doesn't have to be complicated.  There are three things you can do that make a difference:

RUN, HIDE, FIGHT

Run

  • If you can get out, do so
  • Always try to escape or evacuate, don't let others slow you down with indecision
  • Getting yourself out of harms way is your #1 priority
  • Once you're out of the line of fire, call for help
    • Use 911 (Dialing 911 from a campus phone will connect with DPS.
    • Dialing 911 from a cell phone will connect you with Prince George's County Communications. Be sure to give the call taker your exact location.
    • Use 301-405-3333 to contact UMD Public Safety (Emergency Line)

Hide

If you can't get out safely, you need to find a place to hide
  • Act quickly and quietly
  • Try to secure your hiding place as best you can
  • Turn out lights and lock doors
  • Silence your cell phone
  • If you can't find a safe room or closet, try to conceal yourself behind large objects that  may protect you. 
  • Do your best to remain calm

Fight

As a last resort, if your life is at risk, whether alone or working together as a group, FIGHT!

  • Act with aggesion
  • Improvise weapons
  • Disarm the shooter
  • Commit to taking the shooter down, no matter what.

Remember ... RUN, HIDE, FIGHT

What to expect from responding police officers

Police officers responding to an active shooter are trained to proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard; their purpose is to stop the shooting as quickly as possible. The first responding officers will normally be in teams; they may be dressed in regular patrol uniforms, or they may be wearing external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets, and other tactical equipment. The officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, or handguns, and might also be using pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation. Regardless of how they appear, remain calm, do as the officers tell you, and do not be afraid of them. Put down any bags or packages you may be carrying and keep your hands visible at all times; if you know where the shooter is, tell the officers. The first officers to arrive will not stop to aid injured people; rescue teams composed of other officers and emergency medical personnel will follow the first officers into secured areas to treat and remove injured persons. Keep in mind that even once you have escaped to a safer location, the entire area is still a crime scene; police will usually not let anyone leave until the situation is fully under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Until you are released, remain at whatever assembly point authorities designate.

Video: 
Run, Hide, Fight Video

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