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UMPD Recognizes Departments and Organizations for their Help with Rebuilding

The University of Maryland Police Department thanks the following departments and organizations who helped out on short notice and assisted in rebuilding the bonfire on Friday, February 14th, 2014.

Members of the University of Maryland Dining Services

The University of Maryland Golf Course

Members of the University of Maryland Police Department

Members of Clark Construction Group

Members of Capital Projects

With the combination of tight time constraints, supplies, and unusual working conditions, none of this would have been possible without their help!

 

Possible Fraudulent Solicitations for Charity

UMPD is cautioning University of Maryland students to be aware of possible fraudulent solicitations to charitable causes.  Over the past few weeks an individual or individuals have been posing as a representative of charitable organizations in the Adele H. Stamp Union and in the libraries.  Solicitation is generally prohibited except in certain locations on campus at certain times.  If you are approached by someone claiming to be raising money for an organization and believe them to be suspicious, please contact UMPD at 301-405-3555. 

See Something ... Say Something

UMPD Makes Arrest in 02/12/2014 Incidents at Ellicott Hall

College Park, MD - On February 12th, 2014, the University of Maryland Police Department received phone calls from several members of the Ellicott Community for a suspicious male inside Ellicott Hall, who reportedly unlawfully entered resident rooms. Officers were alerted by a student, who pointed out the male exiting the building. Officers attempted to stop the male, who then fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended by officers. A witness was able to confirm that the male was the person that had unlawfully entered their room.

 

Sentayehu Negussie (pictured above), 33 year old male, of Rockville, Maryland, was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, and trespassing in two of the five reported burglaries. Sentayehu Negussie, has no University of Maryland affiliation.

It is not known at this time if Sentayehu Negussie was involved in the incidents that were reported to police earlier. The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is currently following-up with reported cases to determine if the arrestee was involved with those incidents.

The quick reporting of suspicious behavior by UMD residents resulted in the apprehension of the suspect. Thank you for your help. Please continue to keep your doors locked, be aware of your surroundings, and continue to be proactive in the matter of safety and security. Listed below is safety information and resources:

Safety Information:

Keep your room door locked, when you’re asleep, down the hall, in the shower, or visiting others in your building.

  • Make sure doors close and latch behind you. If you are at a resident hall and noticed that a door is not securing properly, please contact 301-314-9675. For all other buildings contact 301-405-3555.
  • Don’t prop doors open. Propping doors puts the security of every person at risk.
  • If you see a person who you believe does not belong or something seems out of place, report it to the Department of Resident Life or Police immediately.
  • Report suspicious activity to the Department of Resident Life or Police immediately.
  • Students should be cognizant of tailgaters who attempt to gain access into a building, dorm, or facility by walking in with the person who rightfully enters.  All persons that are allowed access to a dorm are issued swipe access cards or keys allowing them entry.  This includes faculty, staff, workers, and temporary workers.  All will have their own means of making entry and should not feel offended if questioned by students.
  • See Something, Say Something!
  • Be Smart, Be Safe!

Safety Resources:

Emergency Number 301-405-3333 OR 9-1-1

UMD Police Walking Escort/Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555

NITE Ride 301-314-6483 http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention) 301-314-4357 http://www.umdhelpcenter.org/

Counseling Center 301-314-7651 http://counseling.umd.edu/

CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape) 301-741-3442 http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center 301-314-8180 http://www.health.umd.edu/

UMD SOS App http://apps.reslife.umd.edu/SOS/

UMPD Safety Information

In light of the recent incidents that have occurred at three residence halls on campus, the University of Maryland Police Department is providing additional safety information to our residents.

Our officers have increased their patrols in the area and are engaging with our residents about the importance of securing your residence, personal property, and other safety tips. We are asking for the help of all our residents in this matter of safety and security.

  • Keep your room door locked, when you’re asleep, down the hall, in the shower, or visiting others in your building.
  • Make sure doors close and latch behind you. If you are at a resident hall and noticed that a door is not securing properly, please contact 301-314-9675. For all other buildings contact 301-405-3555.
  • Don’t prop doors open. Propping doors puts the security of every person at risk.
  • If you see a person who you believe does not belong or something seems out of place, report it to the Department of Resident Life or Police immediately.
  • Report suspicious activity to the Department of Resident Life or Police immediately.
  • Students should be cognizant of tailgaters who attempt to gain access into a building, dorm, or facility by walking in with the person who rightfully enters.  All persons that are allowed access to a dorm are issued swipe access cards or keys allowing them entry.  This includes faculty, staff, workers, and temporary workers.  All will have their own means of making entry and should not feel offended if questioned by students.
  • See Something, Say Something!
  • Be Smart, Be Safe!

Our detectives are actively working and investigating these incidents. Individuals with any information regarding these incidents, or the possible identity of the suspect(s), are encouraged to contact detectives at 301-405-1796. You may also email any information to investigations@umpd.umd.edu .

When available for release, additional information, including updated description of the suspect(s), may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site: http://www.umdps.umd.edu/police_support_services_public_crime_alert.cfm and http://umpdnews.umd.edu/home .

Safety Resources:

Emergency Number 301-405-3333 OR 9-1-1

UMD Police Walking Escort/Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555

NITE Ride 301-314-6483 http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention) 301-314-4357 http://www.umdhelpcenter.org/

Counseling Center 301-314-7651 http://counseling.umd.edu/

CARE (Confidential Services for Sexual Assault/Harassment/Rape) 301-741-3442 http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center 301-314-8180 http://www.health.umd.edu/

UMD SOS App http://apps.reslife.umd.edu/SOS/

 

02/07/14 UMD Safety Notice

On 02/07/2014, the University of Maryland Police Department sent out a UMD Safety Notice to the University of Maryland community. Please visit http://www.umpd.umd.edu/crime_alert_umpd_detail.cfm?id=731 for more information.

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