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Fall 2013 Move-In Safety Tips

Move-In Safety Tips

As you prepare to move back to campus for the Fall semester, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind you of a few important safety measures you can take to protect your property.  Moving in presents an opportunity for theft to occur.  Please take a moment to review the following:

  • Never leave property unattended.
  • Keep your residence hall or apartment room locked between trips to the car.
  • After unloading to the curb at your residence hall, have someone stay with your belongings
  • Avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle.  If you must leave expensive items inside your vehicle, ensure they are out of plain sight.
  • Find a way to secure your computer, laptop, tablet inside your residence hall.  The Technology Store on campus carries security cables, which are an excellent deterrent to theft.  The UMDPS Crime Prevention Unit also provides S.T.O.P. Tags which can be affixed to your devices to help deter theft.  For more information on S.T.O.P. Tags, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 301-405-7032. 
  • Lock the door to your room: always, every time. Even when you’re just down the hall.

There will be a lot of activity at the entrances to the buildings, in the elevators, and in the halls.  The increased foot traffic makes apartment buildings and residence halls more susceptible to unwanted visitors.  Keep an eye on your belongings.  Have someone watch your things while you move in.

Follow us on Twitter @UMPD and register your mobile device to receive UMD Alerts at www.alert.umd.edu.

Please see the DRL website for additional safety and security tips.

UMPD Officers Make Quick Arrest for Two Motor Scooter Thefts

At around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22nd, a UMPD officer observed three males operating three motor scooters on Route 1 without proper safety equipment.  The males noticed the officer and fled south on Route 1.  Officers pursued the subjects to East-West Highway where one subject dismounted and fled on foot.  The second subject crashed the scooter and was taken into custody. The first subject was soon located at the College Park Metro Station by an off-duty US Secret Service police officer and was apprehended.    The third subject was not located.  

William Thomas Cato, 18, of SE, DC was arrested and charged with motor vehicle theft and violations of the traffic law. 

Julian Emmanuell Ruffin, 22, of Glenarden, MD was arrested and charged with motor vehicle theft and violations of the traffic law.  He was also served with an open warrant for assault.

Both motor scooters were stolen from the rear of the Varsity apartment complex at 8150 Baltimore Avenue.  They were returned to their owners. Cato and Ruffin are not affiliated with UMD.

 

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Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser 08/28/13

Doing Good Never Tasted This Great!

On August 28th, you're invited to The Original Ledo Restaurant in College Park (4509 Knox Road) for a special fundraiser to support the Community-Police Dream Team, a popular crime prevention partnership initiative of local police who coach College Park youth, encouraging them to make positive life decisions by building bonds of mentorship with them on the basketball court.  (See http://vpaf.umd.edu/community/dreamteam.html for more info. about this outstanding program!) 

 

ü When you present the attached flyer any time during that day, Ledo's Restaurant will donate 15% of proceeds from your order (all dine-in and carry-out orders count toward our fundraiser) to the Dream Team.

 

ü Bring your co-workers, family and friends to the restaurant for a slice of great pizza, and have your order taken by a local celebrity waiter for lunch (10am -2 pm) or dinner (5pm -7pm). 

 

ü Make your office meeting memorable!  Fuel up for move-in!  Get your seat at the restaurant by 10:45 am and snap a picture with Terrapins Men's Basketball Head Coach Mark Turgeon, Terps Field Hockey Head Coach Missy Meharg, and many more local celebs! (Photo ops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)  You never know who will be your waiter!

National Night Out

Community Members:

Please join us in celebrating our “Annual National Night Out”  Reminder we will join forces with the “Lakeland Community” this year along with several local agencies PGPD, M-NCPPC, Metro Transit, and many more. Please come out to help celebrate making our communities safer!

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