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2014 College Park Good Neighbor Day

Members of the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and family joined the College Park community for Good Neighbor Day this past Saturday, March 29th, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1:30p.m. Individuals volunteered in the removal of unwanted debris from streets and invasive species plants removal from wooded areas in North College Park. Thank you for volunteering your time on a rainy Saturday morning.

Pictured above are members of UMPD and family.

About Good Neighbor Day:

Good Neighbor Day represents an annual cross-campus service project and a renewed commitment by the University of Maryland community to being a good neighbor in the City of College Park. We focus on clean-up efforts that contribute to a great quality of life for all College Park residents and celebrate being a good neighbor, every day of the year. - See more at: http://vpaf.umd.edu/gnd/index.html

 

Volunteering is the backbone to a thriving community, no matter how big or how small the impact may be. Make a difference in your community today and get involved!

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Safety and Security Reminders

Getting back into the routine of things can be a challenge after having a week off of school. To help you get back into the swing of things, the University of Maryland Police Department reminds you to continue to be vigilant in safety and security by providing safety tips and resources. 

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 see a person who you believe does not belong or something seems out of place, report it to police immediately by dialing 301-405-3555 or #3333 from a mobile device.

Don't leave your property unattended.

Secure your office; whether you’re visiting someone down the hall or within the building or using the facilities.

When securing your vehicle keep valuables out of sight. If possible, take items of value with you.

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. UMPD walking escort services are available 24/7 at 301-405-3555.

If you feel you are being followed, contact the police immediately. 

Note the locations of the Blue Light Emergency Phones and look for them as you walk.

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

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/

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Detectives make arrest in on-campus robbery that occurred on 3/9/14

Detectives arrested and charged one of the suspects, Mark W. Andrews (photo not available at this time) in connection with the on-campus robbery that occurred on March 9th, 2014, shortly after 1 a.m. Two male University of Maryland students were walking near South Campus Commons buildings #1 and #2, when they were approached by two suspects. The suspects demanded property, assaulted one of the victims, took property, and fled the area. One suspect took off in the direction towards Susquehanna Hall area and one suspect took off in an unknown direction on campus. No weapons were used.
Our Criminal Investigations Unit along with the assistance from our Security Operations Center was able to obtain video footage of the incident and the path of travel that the suspects took. Using this information along with video footage obtained from local establishments, information about the two suspects was obtained. Detectives applied for and received warrants for the arrest of two non-affiliated subjects.
On March 20th, 2014, with the assistance from Prince George’s County Police Department detectives, a court order search warrant was executed at a residence in Riverdale, Maryland. Mark W. Andrews was found inside the residence and was arrested by members of the University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit. During the arrest, Mark W. Andrews became disorderly and was transported directly to Dept. of Corrections in Hyattsville, where he was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of 2nd degree assault, and two counts of theft. No injuries occurred.
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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Information Update Regarding Lakeland Community Incident

In the evening of March 14, 2014, the Prince George's County Police received a report of an elderly male carrying what appeared to be a weapon off campus on 54th Avenue in the Lakeland community, near the railroad tracks.  Prince George's County Police initially responded and were later joined by University Police as well as Maryland Park Police officers.  The man was spotted running from the area to his residence on Lakeland Road.  Prince George's County officers took custody of the man and recovered the BB gun the man was carrying.  The BB gun was modified to resemble a rifle.  At no time did the man point or fire the BB gun at any person.

The Prince George's County Police are handling this case.  If additional information is needed regarding this incident, please contact that agency.

2014 Spring Break Safety Tips & Resources

2014 Spring Break Safety Tips

The University of Maryland Police Department kindly reminds our UMD Community that being proactive in safety and security is essential. You might be on vacation, but safety and security never takes a vacation. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with the below listed safety tips and information.

Protecting your residence while you’re away:

  • If possible, 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, portable electronic devices, 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.
  • If you have one, set your alarm to your security system.
  • If you are leaving your vehicle for a long period of time, remove items of value, secure windows and doors, and if you have a security feature, engage it.
  • Store away and secure any loose items that might be in the yard, for example, a ladder, tools, etc.
  • Never enter your residence if you see that a door or window has been forced open. Go to the nearest safe place and contact the local police immediately. 

Safety tips that can be used anywhere: Be Smart, Be Safe!

  • Leave the party with friends. They’re not having a good time, either.
  • Look up from your phone. Snapchat can wait.
  • See Something, Say Something! No matter where you go this spring break, 911 is the same in all 50 states. If traveling internationally, plan ahead and find out what phone number is used in case of an emergency. You can also visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html for more information about alerts and warnings for international travel.
  • Save the bingeing for Netflix. Seriously, stop drinking before you forget how much you’ve been drinking.
  • Stay visible after dark. Use lights on your bicycle or wear reflective clothing when out at night. Avoid wearing dark clothing when going out.
  • Go cross-eyed. Look left, right and left again before stepping into the crosswalk.
  • After dark, walk with other and use well-lit paths.
  • Take it with you. Don’t leave property unsecured.
  • Do not carry your name, address, or license on your key ring.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. 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.
  • If you feel you are being followed, contact the police immediately.
  • Don’t advertise your plans on social media.

 

In addition to the safety information listed above, for those remaining in town, here are some additional safety reminders and resources:

  •  Blue Light Phones are available for emergency situations and to request a walking escort.
  •  Be aware of your surroundings. 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.
  •  Secure your office. When you go down the hall, to the restroom, or visiting others in your building.
  •  If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.
  •  Be aware of vehicles with their headlights off or that slow down near you.

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/

 

*Reminder, police services are available 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

 

 

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