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Annual Security Report Published

 

University of Maryland Department of Public Safety
Media Relations Office
Building 003, Rossborough Lane, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Phone 301-405-5726 / Fax 301-314-9549 

 

 

 

October 1, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

University of Maryland Department of Public Safety Publishes 2012 Annual Security Report

 

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland - The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety announces the publication of the 2012 Annual Security Report.  The Annual Security Report provides safety and security information to current and prospective University of Maryland students as well as to faculty and staff members.  Statistics comparing crime over the previous three years are outlined in the report.

"This is an excellent way by which we are able to highlight the security resources available to the University community,” said David Mitchell, University Police Chief. "I urge the University community to read the report and be aware of, and more importantly, take advantage of security services on campus,” Mitchell added.

In addition to outlining the different security resources the campus has to offer, the report also provides statistics on area crime reported to on- and off-campus law enforcement agencies as well as to several University departments which report data back to the Department of Public Safety.

Of note in these statistics is the continuing downward trend in reports of violent crime both on and off campus.  Reductions were seen in crimes such as:

  • Forcible sex offense-    10 in 2010 to 5 in 2011
  • Aggravated assault-      15 in 2010 to 4 in 2011
  • Robbery-                          10 in 2010 to 7 in 2011
  • Overall Violent Crime-   54% Reduction from 2010 to 2011

All of these incidents include data from the local area surrounding the UMD College Park campus, and also includes reports made to non-law enforcement entities.

The Clery Act does not require the reporting of statistics for the crime of theft, which is, by far, the most commonly reported criminal offense on campus.  UMD saw a decrease in reports of theft on campus dropping about 11% from 2010 to 2011 (199 in 2011 compared with 225 reported in 2010).  Other property crimes reportable through Clery include Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson; all of which showed reductions from 2010 to 2011.

The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety (UMDPS) is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for policing the University of Maryland College Park campus.  Programs and resources provided by UMDPS include walking escorts; closed circuit video monitoring; patrols by uniformed officers; explosive detection K9 unit; emergency alerts; crime prevention programs; criminal and traffic law enforcement, reporting and investigation; Student Police Auxiliary; and an Emergency 911 center.  These programs are highlighted within the Annual Security Report.

 Other campus safety and  security resources include services provided by many other University departments such as the Department of Resident Life, Residential Facilities, Environmental Safety, Transportation Services (Shuttle-UM), Health Center, Office of Student Conduct, and Counseling Center to name a few.  The Annual Security Report goes into further detail about the programs and services of these departments.

 “Reviewing the information outlined in this brochure will increase your awareness, and awareness is the precursor to action” stated Mitchell.

 The Annual Security Report is available online at:

http://www.umdps.umd.edu/Brochure/safety&security.pdf

 Contact:

Captain Marc Limansky
limansky@umd.edu / 301-405-7402

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