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Holiday Safety Tips

With finals approaching and with the holiday season in full swing, please be aware of some important crime prevention and safety tips.   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 holiday shopping season.

At your home or UMD residence:

  • Keep doors and windows locked, regardless of whether they are upper or lower level windows/entrances.
  • Before you leave your home, check to be sure that all windows and doors locked.
  • Require identification from all strangers (includes delivery/repair persons and police officers). If you're not sure of a person's ID, call the person’s company/agency to verify.
  •  Never leave notes/messages on your door since they advertise that you're away and when you plan to return.
  •  Don't ever tell anyone that you are home alone.
  •  Use blinds and drapes for privacy.
  •  Ensure bushes are trimmed back to remove hiding places for potential criminals.
  •  Ensure your home has good interior and exterior lighting for safety and protection.
  • Always have car/house keys in hand before exiting secured areas.
  •  Keep hands free of excessive packages/bulky items when you’re travelling to/from your home.
  • Never enter your home if you see that a door or window has been forced.   Get to the nearest space place and contact the local police immediately. 
  •  Never place a key over your doorway or under a flower pot, etc.  If you think you may need access to a spare key, consider leaving a key with a trusted friend or neighbor.
  • Don’t display presents under the tree if they can be seen from a window.

 

If you will be away for all / part of the winter break:

  • Stop mail and newspaper deliveries.
  • Place lights on a timer to give the appearance of someone being home.
  • Take valuable items such as jewelry, money, laptops, iPods, TVs, etc., with you to avoid potential theft.
  • Double-check to be sure all windows and doors are locked and secured before you leave.
  • Ask a friend or a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your residence while you are away.

When Out Shopping:

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk in well-lit, populated areas; avoid cut-through paths and short-cuts.
  • Try to park in busy, well-lit areas and avoid parking beside large vehicles which can obstruct views.
  • Lock your car doors and place all valuables in the trunk or under the seats.     
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash.  Pay with a check, debit card, or credit cards.
  • Keep your purse closed and close to your body and/or carry your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.

 

Important Safety Resources  (Program these numbers into your mobile phone)

University of Maryland Police

301-405-3555 (non-emergency) / #3333 from mobile device / 911

Prince George’s County Police

911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911

Police / Community Basketball Game - College Park

University of Maryland Police, Maryland Park Police, and Prince George's County Police are partnering with the UMD Office of Community Engagement, Embry Center for Family Life, University of Maryland Athletics, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the City of College Park to host the Community Teens / Law Enforcement basketball game to foster our police - community relationship.

 Friday, December 7th, 2012

7:30 pm

College Park Community Center

5051 Pierce Avenue

 "Together We Are an Unstoppable Force ... For Good!"

 

Please come out and cheer the players on!

Members of the Media are Invited to join us at the event.

Operation Santa with a Badge

On December 8th, officers from the University of Maryland Police Department, along with officers from many neighboring police agencies will be participating in "Operation Santa with a Badge", a program developed by Sgt. Michael Rudinski of the Hyattsville City Police Department in 2003.  This year, police officers from many local agencies will pick up children in less-fortunate families from around their respective jurisdictions in police cars and take them holiday shopping.

Money is raised by the different police agencies, taking collections from local businesses, civic organizations and individual officers.  Officers drive the kids to the Prince George's Plaza mall in their police cruisers with the lights and sirens activated.  This is very exciting for the children.

"This is such a wonderful way our police officers can help make the holiday season just that much more special for a young boy or girl.  It is so heartwarming to be a part of this event," stated David B. Mitchell, Chief of Police.

2011 Santa with a Badge
2011 Santa with a Badge

Toys for Tots - UMPD, PGPD, and UMD Athletics

The University of Maryland Police Department is partnering with the Prince George’s County Police Department, the University of Maryland Athletics Dept., and the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation for the 5th year to collect and distribute toys to children in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  UMDPS will have a toy drop-off location in the lobby of the police station located at the corner of Rossborough Lane and Route 1. We will be collecting unwrapped toys until December 19, 2012.  Additionally, toys will be collected at MD Terrapins Basketball games between now and December 19th at Comcast Arena. The distribution of toys will take place December 22, 2012 at the Prince George's County Police Headquarters located at 7600 Barlowe Road, Landover, Maryland 20785.

 

UMD Police Officers Among Those Honored at UMD Veterans Day Service

The University of Maryland Division of Student Affairs organized a Veterans Day program to honor University students, faculty and staff who who served in the Armed Forces. Several police officers and civilian employees of the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety were recognized.  Captain Robert Mueck, former Army and Coast Guard Reserve, and current Deputy Commander of the UMDPS Support Services Bureau spoke at the event.  The event took place November 9, 2012, at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel. 

"The parallels drawn between military and law enforcement service are vast and the line between them is often blurred. Both are fighting a war—with our military fighting overseas and our law enforcement often fighting the war on crime domestically. Both professions require courage and bravery—and breed American heroes." - Craig Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

We are forever indebted to our officers and employees, and all veterans who served this great nation in military service.

 

University of Maryland Department of Public Safety Officers and Employees who Served or Are Serving

Captain Robert Mueck - Army; Coast Guard Reserve
Lieutenant John Cassady - Coast Guard Reserve
Lieutenant Brian Lintz - Air Force
Sergeant Shawn Elliott - Marine Corps
Sergeant Greg Brown - Army Reserve; Served in Iraq
Corporal Jerry Martin - Air Force
Master Patrol Officer Michael Balagtas - Navy
Master Patrol Officer Garwood Diggs - Air Force
Master Patrol Officer Jonas Ellis - Army
Master Patrol Officer Dwight Franklin - Army National Guard; Served in Afghanistan
Master Patrol Officer John Hampton - Air Force
Master Patrol Officer Roy Hill - Marine Corps Reserve
Master Patrol Officer Alex Smallwood - Army National Guard; Served in Iraq
Master Patrol Officer Tonya Walker - Army
Master Patrol Officer Dillon Williams - Marine Corps
Private First Class Vincent Deere - Air Force
Mr. Jaap Bier - Army
Mr. Brian Parham - Marine Corps
Mr. Tim Spencer - Marine Corps
Mr. Arnold Young - Army

 

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