News and Information about the University of Maryland Police Department
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
Campus Police Non-Emergency Number: Call for questions, lost & found items, and suspicious people or packages. In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 or 301-405-3333.
NITE Ride: This curb-to-curb shuttle service operates seven nights a week from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and services the areas of campus that are not included on the evening service routes or when the evening service routes are not in operation.
CARE: The CARE Office provides free and confidential resources, support, and assistance to any member of the UMD community impacted directly or indirectly by rape, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. You can choose to remain anonymous for some services or share as much or as little as is comfortable of your story. You will not be forced into any actions or disclosures with which you are not comfortable.
Move-In Safety Tips
As you prepare to move back to campus for the Fall semester, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind you of a few important safety measures you can take to protect your property. Moving in presents an opportunity for theft to occur. Please take a moment to review the following:
- Never leave property unattended.
- Keep your residence hall or apartment room locked between trips to the car.
- After unloading to the curb at your residence hall, have someone stay with your belongings
- Avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle. If you must leave expensive items inside your vehicle, ensure they are out of plain sight.
- Find a way to secure your computer, laptop, tablet inside your residence hall. The Technology Store on campus carries security cables, which are an excellent deterrent to theft. The UMDPS Crime Prevention Unit also provides S.T.O.P. Tags which can be affixed to your devices to help deter theft. For more information on S.T.O.P. Tags, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 301-405-7032.
- Lock the door to your room: always, every time. Even when you’re just down the hall.
There will be a lot of activity at the entrances to the buildings, in the elevators, and in the halls. The increased foot traffic makes apartment buildings and residence halls more susceptible to unwanted visitors. Keep an eye on your belongings. Have someone watch your things while you move in.
Follow us on Twitter @UMPD and register your mobile device to receive UMD Alerts at www.alert.umd.edu.
Please see the DRL website for additional safety and security tips.
Tips on how to enhance security within your work environment
- AVOID THEFTS OF OPPORTUNITY… Opportunity theft is the direct result of property and valuables left unattended and unsecured, even for short periods of time, which provides a thief with the opportunity to steal your valuables. Opportunity thefts are the most preventable crimes that occur.
- Always secure your valuables and personal belongings, including cell phones, iPods, iPads and other electronics, in a locked cabinet.
- Keep items of value out of sight and secured. Do not bring items of significant value to work and do not carry large sums of cash. If you cannot secure the items, carrying them with you is the best bet.
- Mark your valuables in some distinctive fashion.
- Ensure that laptops are secured with a cable on your desk.
- Carry the key to your file cabinets or desk drawer with you, or keep your keys in a secured area. (Depending on your position, if you leave work items locked up and you are absent from work, someone else may need legitimate access to your work materials – so make sure to have an extra key).
- Turn off your computer at night or protect access to your personal or confidential information on your computer by using a password; you can "lock" your desktop when you step away from your computer for any length of time.
- Empty out your pockets prior to hanging your coat in a public closet.
- Familiarize yourself with all emergency exits.
- If you are alone and intending to remain in your office after normal office hours, please make sure someone knows you are there and that you are by yourself. Public Safety has an "Escort Service" if you feel the need to have someone escort you to your vehicle after dark. Call 301-405-3555 (off campus) / 53555 (on campus)
- Engage in a "community" watch effort and report suspicious individuals or activity to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
Prepared by FM Human Resources 11/2012
The University of the Pacific Stockton was the target of a scam where several of their students applied for a job posted on the university's Career Resource Center website. After the student applies, they are told they have the job but the employer had to step outside the country due to a health problem. They mail the student a check for $2500 to be deposited into their account but request the student mail half of it back to a Michaela Taylor of MAKATI, State: MANILA, PHILIPPINES. The company is posted in the job site as Lauren Whipple Stables. A search of the internet shows a similar message posted on other university job sites. Fortunately, the University of the Pacific identifed the students before they mailed any funds out.
The University of Maryland's Career Center is aware of this scam and have informed their users of it. They are watching for anything fitting the above description.
With finals approaching and with the holiday season in full swing, please be aware of some important crime prevention and safety tips. I hope this information serves as a reminder of what you can do to reduce your chance of being the victim of a crime and to help you remain safe during the holiday shopping season.
At your home or UMD residence:
- Keep doors and windows locked, regardless of whether they are 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. Get to the nearest space 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.
- Don’t display presents under the tree if they can be seen from a window.
If you will be away for all / part of the winter break:
- 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, laptops, iPods, TVs, 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.
When Out Shopping:
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
- Walk in well-lit, populated areas; avoid cut-through paths and short-cuts.
- Try to park in busy, well-lit areas and avoid parking beside large vehicles which can obstruct views.
- Lock your car doors and place all valuables in the trunk or under the seats.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash. Pay with a check, debit card, or credit cards.
- Keep your purse closed and close to your body and/or carry your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
Important Safety Resources (Program these numbers into your mobile phone)
University of Maryland Police
301-405-3555 (non-emergency) / #3333 from mobile device / 911
Prince George’s County Police
911 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 911