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UMD Advisory: Information on how to recognize a scam

UMD Advisory: Information on how to recognize a scam

Dear Campus Community,

 

We write to you to make you aware of various scams that have been reported in our area.

 

There are different methods a scammer will use to contact a potential victim. The scammer may call, send an email or might even approach the potential victim in person. The goal of the scammer is to use fear or pity to try to convince the potential victim to comply with the scammer’s demands.

 

For example: 

  • If someone you don’t know mails you a check or approaches you in person and asks you to cash a check for them; don’t. It’s a scam.

  • If someone you don’t know asks you to cash a check and use a wire transfer service to send the money back to them after cashing the check for them; don’t. It’s a scam.

  • You receive a call from a scammer claiming to be from a government agency (federal, state, or local) and you need to make a payment in order to avoid being jailed, deported, fined, or that you owe taxes; or a family member is in need of help or tech-support and they demand gift cards in the form of payment; don’t. It’s a scam.  

Important things to remember:  
  • Gift cards are for gifts, not payments.

  • The IRS will never call to demand payment, such as prepaid debt cards, gift cards or wire transfer. The IRS will first contact you via the mail with a bill to any taxpayer that owes taxes.

  • If you find yourself on the phone with a scammer, hang up. 

Below are some helpful resources and videos form the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):  

 

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UMD Advisory: See Something, Say Something - Report Suspicious Activity

UMD Advisory: See Something, Say Something - Report Suspicious Activity

Dear Campus Community,

 

You may be aware that suspicious packages were sent to various locations along the east coast over the past few days. The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) has no reason to believe that the University of Maryland campus is a target.

 

Our Explosives Detection K-9 Unit and Patrol Officers continue to patrol our campus community and remain vigilant.

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has released a statement and can be viewed here. What we know is that between October 22 and 24, 2018, suspicious packages were received at various locations along the east coast. All of the packages involved had the same return address located in Florida, and contained potentially destructive devices. A picture of the device available from a news site can be viewed here.

 

We remind our campus community that if you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity/packages right away to UMPD by calling 301-405-3333 or #3333 from your cell phone. You may also report suspicious activity through the UMD Guardian app by calling or texting UMPD. And, as a reminder, do not touch, move or handle any suspicious packages.

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UMD Safety Notice - Voyeur Incident

UMD Safety Notice - Voyeur Incident

INCIDENT:    Voyeur Incident

OCCURRED: October 23, 2018/ Approximately 8:10 p.m.


LOCATION: 4300 Block of Rowalt Drive near Guilford Drive

UMPD CASE #: 2018-60383

BRIEF DETAILS:

 

On October 23, 2018, at approximately 8:21 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) was notified about a voyeur incident that occurred in the 4300 block of Rowalt Drive near Guilford Drive. A female student reported to police that at approximately 8:10 p.m., a male was seen looking through an apartment window. 

 

Officers responded and searched for the male, but could not locate the individual. A video review of the cameras in the area is underway. UMPD continues to patrol the area for the suspect. 


The University of Maryland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact police at 301-405-3555. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email http://www.umpd.umd.edu/contact/anonymous_tip.cfm .

When available for release, additional information, may be obtained by accessing the "UMD Safety Notice" portion of our web site: http://universityofmarylandpolice.com/stats/safety_notices.cfm and http://umpdnews.umd.edu/home

Safety Tips:

The University of Maryland Police Department provides a walking escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on or near campus. If you would like a walking escort, please call to request one at 301-405-3555. You may also use a blue light emergency phone to call for an escort.

Stay alert and attuned to people
and circumstances around you.

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

If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.

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/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911


Prince George's County Police Department

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

 

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

https://helpcenterumd.org/

 

Counseling Center

301-314-7651

http://counseling.umd.edu/

 

Campus Advocates Respond and Educate to Stop Violence (CARE)
301-741-3442

http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center

301-314-8180

http://www.health.umd.edu/

 

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) 

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

https://ocrsm.umd.edu/


UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

 

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Earthquake Preparedness Information - The Great Shakeout Drill

Earthquake Preparedness Information - The Great Shakeout Drill

Dear UMD Campus Community,

 

On October 18th at 10:18 a.m., we invite the University of Maryland community to join more than 19.5 million individuals for the Great Shakeout. 

 

The Shakeout is a global earthquake awareness drill that provides local communities, schools, businesses and organizations throughout the nation with an opportunity to practice how to stay safe during an earthquake and to practice the protective action of “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”

 

On August 23, 2011, the 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., took us by surprise and was a stark reminder that many areas within our nation are vulnerable to these unexpected events. It was an equally powerful reminder that all of us must be prepared during an earthquake, as well as be ready for other potential hazards.

 

On October 18th at 10:18 a.m., we strongly encourage you to Drop to the ground, take Cover under a sturdy table or desk, and Hold On to practice the earthquake protective actions!

 

Remember, preparedness is a shared responsibility. Do your part and practice how to be safe when shaking begins.

 

To learn more about emergency preparedness at the University of Maryland, please visit www.prepare.umd.edu.

 

For information on earthquake preparedness, please visit www.shakeout.org.

 

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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UMD Alert Test

UMD Alert Test

First Wednesday of each month at 11:55 a.m., the campus tests the UMD Alert Emergency Notification System, Alertus System and Early Warning Sirens.  These are only tests.  Reminder: A nationwide test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System is scheduled for 2:18 pm today. No action is needed. 

In the event of an emergency, you will receive text and email notifications with information regarding the nature of the emergency and necessary protective actions.

UMD affiliates may edit their mobile device settings at alert.umd.edu.

Contact Information:

University of Maryland Police Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911

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

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University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

UMD Community Notice / Off Campus Indecent Exposure

UMD Community Notice / Off Campus Indecent Exposure

INCIDENT:    Off Campus Indecent Exposure

 

OCCURRED: September 29, 2018 at approximately 2:24 a.m.

 

LOCATION: College Avenue and Hopkins Avenue College Park, Maryland

 

UMPD CASE #: 2018-55913

 

PGPD CASE # 18092900000232

 

BRIEF DETAILS:

At approximately 2:24 a.m., University of Maryland Police officers responded to the intersection of College Avenue and Hopkins Avenue to assist the Prince George’s County Police Department with the report of an Indecent Exposure.  A University of Maryland student advised that an unknown male was observed exposing himself on the opposite side of the street from where the student was standing.  The male started to walk toward the student and the student yelled at him.  The male then ran away and was last seen running behind a house on College Avenue in the direction of Baltimore Avenue.

  

The suspect is described as a male, late 20’s to early 30’s, between 5’7” – 5’9” in height, wearing a royal blue hoodie/windbreaker jacket.

Officers from the Prince George’s County Police Department and University of Maryland Police Department continue to patrol the area for the suspect. 

The Prince George’s County Police Department is conducting an investigation. Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of the suspect are encouraged to contact police (911 or 301-352-1200).

 

Safety Tips:

The University of Maryland Police Department provides a walking escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on or near campus. If you would like a walking escort, please call to request one at 301-405-3555. You may also use a blue light emergency phone to call for an escort.

Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.

 

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

 

If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact the police immediately by calling #3333 from a mobile phone or 301-405-3333.

 

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/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 911

 

Prince George's County Police Department

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

 

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/

 

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct 

TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu

ocrsm.umd.edu

 

UMD Alerts

https://alert.umd.edu

 


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University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

UMD Annual Safety and Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report

UMD Annual Safety and Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report

Working Together for a Safe Campus

 

The 2018 Annual Safety and Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are available for your review. 

The Annual Security Report (ASR) provides safety and security information to current and prospective students and their parents, as well as to faculty and staff members. Statistics comparing crime over the previous three years are outlined in the report. In addition to outlining the different security resources the campus has to offer, the report also includes statistics on crime that occurred where University students stay while on University-sponsored travel, traveling within the United States or abroad, area crime reported to off-campus law enforcement agencies as well as to several University departments that report data back to our Police Department.

As you look over the statistics for 2017, you will see there are two murders reported. The first was the murder of 2nd Lt. Richard Collins, III, in which an arrest was made shortly thereafter. The accused is charged with murder and a hate crime and is expected to go to trial in January 2019.

The second murder occurred while a University of Maryland (UMD) student was traveling as part of a University-sponsored trip out-of-state. In the summer of 2018, in response to a Clery Act travel inquiry, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) was notified of a murder that occurred in the common area of a hotel in Chapel Hill, NC in February 2017.  The student was staying in the hotel at the time of the murder.  Clery Act regulations require that this crime is included in our statistics, as it occurred in a Non-Campus Property/Building for 2017. The student was not a victim, nor suspect in the incident.

There are a number of statistics worthy of mention. Burglary/B&E and Motor Vehicle Theft numbers have continued to decline to historic lows.  The primary reasons for these results include the restructure of patrol service and camera surveillance enhancements.  Furthermore, drug referrals and arrests remain at all-time lows due to the decriminalization in 2015 of small amounts of Marijuana in the State of Maryland. The Clery Act does not require the reporting of statistics for the crime of theft, which, by far, is the most commonly, reported criminal offense on campus. 

This report reflects changes in data sets due to revised reporting requirements and the development of new ways to report.  Footnotes, which clarify where changes in reporting have resulted in a noticeable variance from previous years’ reports, are included in the interest of transparency.

 

The men and women of UMPD are responsible for keeping the UMD College Park campus safe and secure. We do this in partnership with the Prince George’s County Police Department, working together to keep the surrounding areas safe and secure. 

 

Programs and resources that we provide include the following, which are highlighted in the report:

 

  • Walking escorts
  • Closed circuit video monitoring via our Security Operations Center
  • Blue Light Phone (PERT)
  • Automated License Plate Readers
  • Emergency Alert System (UMD Alerts)
  • UMD Guardian Safety App
  • Patrols by uniformed officers
  • Explosive Detection K9 unit 
  • Crime prevention programs 
  • Criminal and traffic law enforcement, reporting, and investigation 
  • Student Police Auxiliary
  • Emergency 911 center 

In 2017 we created Safe Terp Trade Zone. Safe Terp Trade Zone is a safety resource that provides the buyer and seller a safe space to meet in person to complete their on-line purchase. Both parties can meet in the lobby of our police station or at our parking lot to conduct the exchange. More information about this program, visit https://umpdnews.umd.edu/node/934

  

The Annual Safety and Security Report is a part of the effort to ensure that this collaborative endeavor is effective and is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  We hope you will read the report carefully and use the information to help foster a safer environment for you and for others within our community. Reviewing the information outlined in the Annual Safety and Security Report will increase your awareness, which will promote future action. 

 

To view the Annual Safety and Security Report, please visit:

http://www.umpd.umd.edu/stats/AnnualSecurityReport.pdf

 

Printed copies of the Annual Safety and Security Report may be obtained from the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), Pocomoke Building (007), 7569 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20742 or by calling (301) 405-3555.

 

To view the Annual Fire Safety Report, please visit: http://www.essr.umd.edu/fire/report/. The purpose of this report is to disclose fire safety policies and procedures related to our on-campus student housing and to disclose statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.  Individual printed copies of the 2017 Annual Fire Safety Report may be requested through the mail or in person from the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk, Seneca Building, 4716 Pontiac Street, Suite 0103, College Park, Maryland 20742 or by calling (301) 405-3960.

   

We have no greater priority than the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus, and a truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of everyone. 

 

   

David B. Mitchell Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety
University of Maryland Police Department


 

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD)
Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ #3333 from a mobile phone/ 9-1-1

UMD Guardian Safety App

https://go.umd.edu/36z

 

UMPD Walking Escort/Non-Emergency:
301-405-3555

Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD)
9-1-1 from mobile phone / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency) / 9-1-1

NITE Ride 301-314-6483 

http://www.transportation.umd.edu/niteride.html

Help Center (Peer Counseling & Crisis Intervention) 301-314-4357

https://helpcenterumd.org/

 

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)
TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu
https://ocrsm.umd.edu/

 

Counseling Center 301-314-7651
http://counseling.umd.edu/

 

Campus Advocates Respond and Educate to Stop Violence (CARE)
301-741-3442

http://www.health.umd.edu/care

Health Center 301-314-8180
http://www.health.umd.edu/

UMD Alerts
https://alert.umd.edu


Visit our website at http://www.umpd.umd.edu for further information on our Department.  To stay up to date on the latest news, follow us on Twitter @UMPD and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UMDPoliceDept/

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UMD Advisory - Power Restoration Update

UMD Advisory - Power Restoration Update

Power has been restored to the majority of impacted buildings. FM staff and contractors are working to address remaining issues.

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police
Emergency Number -  301-405-3333 / #3333 from a mobile phone / 911
Non-Emergency Number - 301-405-3555

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)
umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian

Prince George's County Police
911 from mobile phone
Non-Emergency Number - 301-352-1200 

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://helpcenterumd.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/

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)
TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu
ocrsm.umd.edu


UMD Alerts
https://alert.umd.edu

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UMD Advisory - Power Outage Reported

UMD Advisory - Power Outage Reported Please click here to acknowledge receipt of this message

Please be informed that there is a major power outage on campus with an unknown cause.

Facilities Management is aware of the problem and is accessing the situation. Information will be sent out as received.

Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police
Emergency Number -  301-405-3333 / #3333 from a mobile phone / 911
Non-Emergency Number - 301-405-3555

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)
umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian

Prince George's County Police
911 from mobile phone
Non-Emergency Number - 301-352-1200 

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://helpcenterumd.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/

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)
TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu
ocrsm.umd.edu


UMD Alerts
https://alert.umd.edu

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University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

UMD ALERT - Tornado Warning Cancelled

UMD ALERT - Tornado Warning Cancelled

The Tornado Warning that was issued by AccuWeather is now cancelled as of 6:00 PM. The rotation has shifted to the north. Please continue to remain vigilant as storms will remain in our area throughout the evening.

 

IF WALKING OUTSIDE:

* Go to the nearest building and proceed to the basement of the building. If there is no basement, go to the lowest level of the building. 


IF INSIDE A RESIDENCE HALL OR HOUSE:


*Go to the basement, safe room, or any lowest level interior room away from windows.


* Protect yourself from flying debris with a mattress and thick blanket, if available.


IF INSIDE A BUILDING:


*If you have a tornado drill in place for your building, proceed to your tornado shelter location quickly and calmly.


*If not, go to the  basement, safe room, or any lowest level interior room in the building. Stay away from windows and protect yourself from flying debris with a   mattress and thick blanket, if available.


* Do not go to large rooms such as a cafeteria, a gym, or auditoriums.



IF IN A CONSTRUCTION TRAILER:


* Abandon it immediately. Even weak tornadoes can cause major damage to trailers.


* Go to the nearest building and proceed to the basement of the building. If there is no basement, go to the lowest level. Stay away from windows.


DRIVING A VEHICLE:

* Do not drive into or near a tornado


* Do not attempt to outrun a tornado, they can change direction and speed quickly.


* Go into a building and go to the basement or the lowest level.


* Do not seek shelter under an overpass or underpass


* If no building is available, either get down in your car and cover your head, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low-lying area such as a ditch or ravine.




Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police
Emergency Number -  301-405-3333 / #3333 from a mobile phone / 911
Non-Emergency Number - 301-405-3555

UMD Guardian (Mobile Campus Safety App)
umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian
  
Prince George's County Police
911 from mobile phone
Non-Emergency Number - 301-352-1200 

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://helpcenterumd.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/

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)
TitleIXcoordinator@umd.edu
ocrsm.umd.edu


UMD Alerts https://alert.umd.edu
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