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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.

 

 

Call UMPD if You Remember Seeing this Person

The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is calling on the help of the UMD community regarding a 4th Degree Sex Offense (Unlawful Touching) that occurred inside Marie Mount Hall, between the 1st level stairs and the next level, on Monday, March 10th, 2014, at approximately 3:30 in the afternoon. The suspect is a white male, late 20's - early 30's, wearing a purple button dress shirt and gray slacks, has brown curly hair, and wore prescription eye-glasses.

If you remember seeing a person fitting the above listed description, please call police at 301-405-3555 and ask to speak with a detective. You may also email any information to investigations@umpd.umd.edu

The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an 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

UMPD Detectives Seek the assistance from the UMD Community

The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is seeking the assistance of the UMD community regarding the Robbery by Force (No Weapons) that occurred on March 9th, 2014, at approximately 1:16 a.m. Any individual(s) that were in the area of Susquehanna Hall around that time, if you have any information regarding this incident, you are encouraged to call police at 301-405-3555 and ask to speak with a detective. You may also email any information to investigations@umpd.umd.edu

 

The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an 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

UMPD Recognizes Departments and Organizations for their Help with Rebuilding

The University of Maryland Police Department thanks the following departments and organizations who helped out on short notice and assisted in rebuilding the bonfire on Friday, February 14th, 2014.

Members of the University of Maryland Dining Services

The University of Maryland Golf Course

Members of the University of Maryland Police Department

Members of Clark Construction Group

Members of Capital Projects

With the combination of tight time constraints, supplies, and unusual working conditions, none of this would have been possible without their help!

 

Possible Fraudulent Solicitations for Charity

UMPD is cautioning University of Maryland students to be aware of possible fraudulent solicitations to charitable causes.  Over the past few weeks an individual or individuals have been posing as a representative of charitable organizations in the Adele H. Stamp Union and in the libraries.  Solicitation is generally prohibited except in certain locations on campus at certain times.  If you are approached by someone claiming to be raising money for an organization and believe them to be suspicious, please contact UMPD at 301-405-3555. 

See Something ... Say Something

UMPD Makes Arrest in 02/12/2014 Incidents at Ellicott Hall

College Park, MD - On February 12th, 2014, the University of Maryland Police Department received phone calls from several members of the Ellicott Community for a suspicious male inside Ellicott Hall, who reportedly unlawfully entered resident rooms. Officers were alerted by a student, who pointed out the male exiting the building. Officers attempted to stop the male, who then fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended by officers. A witness was able to confirm that the male was the person that had unlawfully entered their room.

 

Sentayehu Negussie (pictured above), 33 year old male, of Rockville, Maryland, was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, and trespassing in two of the five reported burglaries. Sentayehu Negussie, has no University of Maryland affiliation.

It is not known at this time if Sentayehu Negussie was involved in the incidents that were reported to police earlier. The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is currently following-up with reported cases to determine if the arrestee was involved with those incidents.

The quick reporting of suspicious behavior by UMD residents resulted in the apprehension of the suspect. Thank you for your help. Please continue to keep your doors locked, be aware of your surroundings, and continue to be proactive in the matter of safety and security. Listed below is safety information and resources:

Safety Information:

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.
  • Don’t prop doors open. Propping doors puts the security of every person at risk.
  • If you see a person who you believe does not belong or something seems out of place, report it to the Department of Resident Life or Police immediately.
  • Report suspicious activity to the Department of Resident Life or Police immediately.
  • 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.
  • See Something, Say Something!
  • Be Smart, Be Safe!

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/

UMPD Safety Information

In light of the recent incidents that have occurred at three residence halls on campus, the University of Maryland Police Department is providing additional safety information to our residents.

Our officers have increased their patrols in the area and are engaging with our residents about the importance of securing your residence, personal property, and other safety tips. We are asking for the help of all our residents in this matter of safety and security.

  • 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.
  • Don’t prop doors open. Propping doors puts the security of every person at risk.
  • If you see a person who you believe does not belong or something seems out of place, report it to the Department of Resident Life or Police immediately.
  • Report suspicious activity to the Department of Resident Life or Police immediately.
  • 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.
  • See Something, Say Something!
  • Be Smart, Be Safe!

Our detectives are actively working and investigating these incidents. Individuals with any information regarding these incidents, or the possible identity of the suspect(s), are encouraged to contact detectives at 301-405-1796. You may also email any information to investigations@umpd.umd.edu .

When available for release, additional information, including updated description of the suspect(s), 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 .

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/

 

02/07/14 UMD Safety Notice

On 02/07/2014, the University of Maryland Police Department sent out a UMD Safety Notice to the University of Maryland community. Please visit http://www.umpd.umd.edu/crime_alert_umpd_detail.cfm?id=731 for more information.

34th Annual Governor's Crime Prevention Awards

Glen Burnie, MD - On Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) was awarded the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award at the 34th Annual Governor’s Crime Prevention Awards ceremony. In order to receive this award, UMPD must successfully demonstrate and provide services and educational material to the community relating to crime prevention and security.

UMPD recognizes and congratulate Mr. Wyatt Clough, who received the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award for Community Groups, Organizations, and Individual Citizens on February 4th, 2014. To receive this award, Mr. Clough, who works for the IT Services Department at the Stamp Student Union, demonstrated outstanding contributions by being proactive in the field of crime prevention and security when it comes to the inventory of University owned property.  

Thank you Mr. Clough for all of your hard work and dedication!

Picture Above L to R: Major Calvert, Wyatt Clough, Stephanie Payne-Roberts (Asst. Dir. of IT Services at Stamp Student Union), and Sgt. Kenner 

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College Park Dream Team game Feb. 7th, 2014

College Park Dream Team

College Park, MD - In partnership with the University of Maryland’s Office of Community Engagement, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) will be participating in the College Park Dream Team alongside Prince George’s County Police Department, and Maryland-National Capital Park Police with local youth in a game of basketball.

 

On Friday, February 7th, 2014, the mayor of College Park, Andy Fellows, UMD’s VP for Admin. & Finance, Carlo Colella, and Paint Branch Elementary School principal, Emmet Hendershot, and UMPD's Chief of Police David B. Mitchell will be there as well for the evening’s festivities.  There will also be a hip-hop dance workshop, a brief performance by UMD’s Gymkana, free food, and giveaways. The event kicks-off at 7 p.m. with tip-off shortly after. Game and events will take place at the College Park Community Center, located at 5051 Pierce Ave, College Park, MD.  

 

For additional information, please contact:

 

Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas     301-405-9960

University of Maryland Police Department

Public Information Officer

 

Emily Adams      301-852-8074

University of Maryland

Office of Community Engagement

 

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