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UMD Safety Notice 10/18/2021

INCIDENT:                4th Degree Burglaries (Unlawful Entry)

OCCURRED:             October 17, 2021 (Sunday)/ Approximately 3:20 p.m.

LOCATION:               Cumberland Hall and Bel Air Hall, College Park, Maryland

UMPD CASE NUMBERS:    2021-80708 and 2021-80709


On October 17, 2021, at approximately 3:47 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department responded to Cumberland Hall and Bel Air Hall for reports of suspicious activity.

At Cumberland Hall, it was reported that a male not known to the residents, was walking around inside the building.

One resident reported that the male followed her to her residence and was told to leave. When the resident saw that the male was still outside of her residence, the resident told the male to leave again, and he complied. The male also entered a residence that was unoccupied and left and then entered a second residence that was occupied and was told by the residents to leave.

At Bel Air Hall, it was reported that the same individual at Cumberland Hall also entered Bel Air Hall. A male student approached the individual and told him to leave in which he complied and left the building.

The suspect is described as a black male, appeared to be in his 20s - 30s, wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, khaki pants and brown shoes.

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Criminal Investigations Unit are investigating these incidents.

Individuals with any information regarding these incidents are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email .

When available for release, additional information, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site: and

Safety Tips:

Do not let others into your building or onto residential floors, stairwells, elevators, etc. unless you know them as residents of your building. Anyone you can't identify as a resident of your building should be asked to use an outside telephone to call the resident they are coming to visit. 

Close and latch any door you may find propped. If you are at a residence hall and noticed that a door is not securing properly, please contact 301-314-9675. For all other buildings, contact 301-405-3555.

Report suspicious persons or activity to UMPD (301-405-3333/ 911 or via the UMD Guardian app) and to your service desk/any Resident Life staff member.

Keep your room door locked, when you’re asleep, down the hall, in the shower, or visiting others in your building.

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.

Trust your instincts. They are a natural gift that tells you when something is wrong.

See Something, Say Something!

Be Smart, Be Safe!

Download the UMD Guardian app through the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. You can create a virtual safety escort or you can text a tip to UMPD.

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ 911

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

UMD Police Walking Escort

Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555



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