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Off-Campus UMD Safety Notice - 04/06/14

Please visit http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/crime_alert_offcampus_detail.cfm?id=738  for information regarding an off-campus armed robbery that occurred on 04/06/14. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

UMPD needs your Help - See Something, Say Something!

Since April 2nd, 2014, we have had three reported incidents of where a female was inside a women’s bathroom and notice a handheld portable electronic device that had capabilities of either recoding video and/or taking a photo. One incident occurred at LaPlata Hall and one at Centreville Hall. In both incidents, a female was inside the women’s bathroom, taking a shower when a handheld portable electronic device was seen peering under and over the shower stall. In the LaPlata Hall incident, the student reports that a picture was taken by a cell phone that was seen peering underneath the shower stall. The suspect left the bathroom. In the Centreville Hall incident on April 4th, the student reports a handheld portable electronic device that has a lens on it, peering over top of the shower stall. Unknown if the device was recording or taking a photo. The victim then yelled and heard doors opening. The student checked the hall but didn’t see anyone.
 
Another incident occurred inside the women’s bathroom at Biology-Psychology building on April 2nd , where a female went into the bathroom stall and notice a cell phone on the floor with the lens portion of the phone pointing towards her direction. In this incident, the female questions the individual in the stall next to hers to which the individual grabbed the cell phone and left.
 
A description of the suspect from the Biology-Psychology incident can be found at http://www.umpd.umd.edu/crime_alert_umpd_detail.cfm?id=736 . It is unknown at this time if these incidents are related and unknown if the person responsible for these incidents is a student or not. But our detectives are actively investigating these incidents by reviewing our SOC cameras and encouraging anyone with information to contact police at 301-405-3555 or you may email information at investigations@umpd.umd.edu. Those who wish to remain anonymous can send in their information at http://www.umpd.umd.edu/university_of_maryland_police_contact_tip.cfm
 
Our patrol officers have increased their patrols inside academic buildings and the residence buildings. UMPD is also working with Resident Life by talking with our student residents on what they can do to help.
 
If you remember seeing anything on April 2nd, 2014, around 8:47 p.m., inside LaPlata Hall and/or on April 4th, 2014, between 6:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. inside of Centreville Hall of a person who might have tailgated in or a person who was wandering around aimlessly inside the buildings to please call police at 301-405-3555, or email at investigations@umpd.umd.edu, or anonymously at http://www.umpd.umd.edu/university_of_maryland_police_contact_tip.cfm .Even if you think that the information you have might be insignificant, it could make a difference and help our detectives with the investigation.
 
When available for release, additional information, 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
 
As our Criminal Investigations Until continues to investigate these incidents, we ask that you continue to practice and instill into your daily routine the safety tips listed below.
 
Safety Tips:
 
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.
 
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.
 
If you feel comfortable approaching an individual who is seen on your floor unaccompanied and feel comfortable questioning them as to why they are there, make sure to report the incident to the Service Desk or an RA or call police immediately. If you don't feel comfortable approaching an individual who is seen on your floor alone, immediately notify your Service Desk or an RA or call police.
 
If you observe suspicious activity or observe a person behaving in a suspicious manner, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.
 
Beware of your surroundings. Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.
 
Be Smart, Be Safe!
 
See Something, Say Something!
 
 
Safety Resources:
 
Emergency Number 301-405-3333 OR 9-1-1
 
UMD Police Walking Escort/Non-Emergency:
301-405-3555
 
 
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/
 
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04/04/14 Possible Theft from Auto Incident

On April 4th, 2014, in the afternoon, the University of Maryland Police Department was notified by our Security Operations Center of a possible theft from a motor vehicle in parking lot 1D. A motor vehicle had its window smashed out but unknown at that time if any property was taken. Officers were provided with a description of two possible suspects in the area. A responding officer arrived and noticed two individuals matching the description; both ran towards the UMUC parking garage. The officer then ran after the individuals and was able to locate one of the two individuals inside the garage. The garage was closed off while officers searched for the second individual. After an extension searched, the garage was re-opened and the individual in custody was interviewed by investigators. The second individual was not found.

It was determined that there was not enough support evidence to link the individual in custody to the incident that occurred at lot 1D. The individual was issued a full denial of access to campus and released. No property was taken from the motor vehicle.

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UMD Safety Notice 04/04/14

On 04/04/2014, the University of Maryland Police Department sent out a UMD Safety Notice to the University of Maryland community regarding a peeping tom incident that occurred inside the women’s bathroom at Centreville Hall. Please visit http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/crime_alert_umpd_detail.cfm?id=737 for more information.

The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555.

When available for release, additional information, 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

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Call UMPD if you Remember Seeing this Person

The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating two separate incidents of peeping tom. On April 2nd, at approximately 4:43 p.m., a female UMD employee reported a peeping tom incident to police that occurred inside the women's bathroom at Biology-Psychology building. At approximately 8:47p.m., a female UMD student reported a peeping tom incident that occurred inside a women's bathroom at LaPlata Hall.

The suspect in the Biology-Psychology incident is described as a dark skin black male, approximately 5’09” to 5’10”, athletic build, short black hair, was wearing a purple short-sleeve shirt with graphics, light gray sweatpants, white socks, and one black flip flop. The suspect also had an unknown color backpack.

The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation. If you remember seeing this individual, you are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555. You may also email any information to investigations@umpd.umd.edu

When available for release, additional information, 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

 

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