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2014 Summer Safety Tips & Resources

It’s summer time! With the start of June rapidly approaching, summer will be in full swing and so will the start of many activities. Whether you are leaving your residence for vacation or just going out for the day or night, we want our community to continually be proactive in crime prevention by protecting not only your residence but by being aware of your surroundings wherever you may go. Be Smart, Be Safe! See Something, Say Something!

Protecting your residence while you are 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.
  • 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. 

Protecting your residence while you are here:

  • Keep doors and windows locked, regardless of whether they are an 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.   Go to the nearest safe 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.

Be Smart, Be Safe! See Something, Say Something! Wherever you may be this summer.

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings and the surroundings of your friends. Don’t walk, ride, or drive distracted. Put down the phone, take the ear buds/headphones out/off and look where you are going.
  • Leave the party with friends. They’re not having a good time, either.
  • See Something, Say Something! No matter where you go this summer, 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.
  • After dark, walk with others 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 vehicles with their headlights off or that slow down near you. If you feel you are being followed, contact the police immediately.
  • Don’t advertise your plans on social media.

Pedestrian & Cyclists Safety Tips:

  • Stay visible after dark. Avoid wearing dark clothing when going out at night, especially in inclement weather.
  • Watch for Signs. Wait for the “Walk” signal to begin crossing. Don’t cross against the pedestrian signal.
  • Go Cross-Eyed. Look left, right and left again before stepping into the crosswalk.
  • Always use the crosswalk. Don’t Jaywalk.
  • Get Your Shine On. Make yourself visible when out at night with reflective gear or lights.
  • Be Headstrong. Protect your noggin with a helmet.
  • Go with the Flow. Never ride against traffic.
  • Use Hand Signals (The Nice Kind). Drivers need to know what turn you’re taking.

Additional Safety Tips & Resources:

  • Blue Light Phones are available for emergency situations and to request a walking escort.
  • 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.

 

UMPD Emergency Number

301-405-3333/#3333 from a mobile phone/911

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

UMD Alerts
https://alert.umd.edu  (All active UMD students/faculty/staff members are automatically enrolled by their university email accounts. Make sure to login in to your account and register your cell phone to receive UMD Alert text messages via your cell phone in addition to receiving email messages)

Prince George's County Police
911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911

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/

Members of UMPD were Honored and Recognized at the Police Chiefs' Association of Prince George's County Awards Ceremony

Glenarden, MD- On May 22nd, 2014, the Police Chiefs’ Association of Prince George’s County held its annual awards ceremony.   Members of the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) along with other police departments from Prince George’s County, were honored and recognized. 

UMPD was proud to have their Security Operations Center Civilian Manager, Caryn Barth, nominated for the Civilian of the Year award, and Master Patrol Officer (MPO) Garwood Diggs nominated for the Officer of the Year award.

The Police Chiefs’ Association of Prince George’s County award winners from UMPD were Chief David B. Mitchell, recipient of the President’s Award for his instrumental work and continuous efforts to help families obtain Public Safety Officer Benefits that were otherwise denied to them across the country on behalf of Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). Lt. August Kenner, recipient of the Community Services Officer of the Year award and Retired Chief of Police Kenneth W. Krouse, recipient of the Association’s Hall of Fame Award.  Ofc. Scott Krouse of the Berwyn Heights Police Department (BHPD), son of Chief Krouse, accepted the award on his behalf. 

Congratulations to UMPD’s nominees and winners!

Maj. Limansky (UMPD) accepting on behalf of Caryn Barth and Chief David B. Mitchell (UMPD)

Col. Brown (Maryland State Police), MPO Diggs (UMPD), Chief David B. Mitchell, & Chief Robshaw (Cheverly PD)

Col. Brown, Chief David B. Mitchell, & Chief Robshaw

Col. Brown, Lt. Kenner (UMPD), Chief David B. Mitchell, and Chief Robshaw

Col. Brown, Ofc. Krouse (BHPD), Chief David B. Mitchell, & Chief Robshaw

UMPD Conducting Active Shooter Response Training on Campus for Officers

For the next nine weeks‎ at various residence halls on campus, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) is partnering with the Maryland State Police (MSP) in an active shooter response training program, called Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). ‎This dynamic course of instruction is designed to prepare the first responder to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter.  The course curriculum teaches advanced concepts and principles of team movement, setting up for room entry and room entry techniques, approach and breaching the crisis site, follow-on responder tactics, improvised explosive devices (IED's), and post-engagement priorities of work.  The training is recognized by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions and is being used by UMPD for our mandatory in-service training for 2014.

UMPD is continuing its quest to do the utmost to protect the campus community. In the past, UMPD has conducted active shooter exercises on campus to prepare officers for a "worst case" scenario. The most recent exercise was in January of this year in conjunction with the Prince Georges County Police and Fire Departments.

By adopting ALERRT, UMPD is striving to maintain its edge in the newest training available to law enforcement in the state.

UMPD will be issuing text and email advisories announcing the start and conclusion of the training on the days it is being conducted.

Thank you to our Journalism classes 262/320 & Professors

At the end of April, Chief David B. Mitchell was invited to be part of an interactive press conference on the topic of pedestrian safety.  Many thanks to the journalism students of class 262 & 320 and their professors for organizing, conducting, and participating in the press conference, and creating an exercise that is applicable to the learning experience. With assistance from social media, students were able to tweet a short video from the press conference, quickly providing our message to a much broader audience.  

Thank you for providing a platform for us to address this issue, and shed light on solutions to help prevent any future pedestrian involved accidents.

As President Loh has mentioned in the video, http://umpdnews.umd.edu/node/187, safety is everyone’s responsibility. We need everyone’s help in preventing accidents.

Please visit http://www.roads.maryland.gov/pages/release.aspx?newsId=1896 to view Maryland State Highway Administration press release regarding pedestrian-friendly enhancements to Baltimore Avenue in College Park.

Walk Smart, College Park! Be Smart, Be Safe!

 

                                                                                                         

Photos taken & provided by Bethany Swain  

Off-Campus UMD Safety Notice 05/19/14

Please visit http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/crime_alert_offcampus_detail.cfm?id=740  for information regarding an off-campus breaking & entering that occurred on 05/17/14. Prince George’s County Police Department is the primary reporting agency and is conducting the investigation.

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