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September 4th 2008 - Campus Safety Meeting

Students new to the Urban Environment! 

It is shopping season for local thieves so please be alert and aware of your belongings at all times. Keep your eyes open and make wise decisions before leaving your buildings and/or cars.

Statistics:

(for the period of July 1st – August 31st 2008)

The University Police responded to 3,254 calls for service.  Included in this number were 410 calls requiring reports and investigations that have resulted in a total of 10 adult arrests.  Included in these totals are 1 robbery, 1 aggravated assault, 8 non-aggravated assaults, 19 thefts, and 1 auto theft for a total loss of $8,720.


Laptop Theft:  Do not leave items (laptop) in plain view, especially in the libraries.  Take your items with you or have a trusted friend keep watch over your personal items.  If you do not already have it installed, please consider purchasing LowJack for laptops or have your computers engraved for free at the Pine St. Police Station.   http://www.lojackforlaptops.com/ 

Book Theft:  Please mark your personal items!  Books that have been stolen on campus have been retrieved thanks to students who have provided evidence and personal markings on their expensive books.  Please help the University police help you.     

Vehicle theft – There have been several vehicle thefts, especially in the Baltimore grand garage.  Items such as gym clothing, backpacks, coins & money, and even a water bottle can and have led to broken windows and damaged vehicles.  If you do not have your cigarette lighter cap replaced after using your electronic devices, thieves will assume that a GPS, phone, or other gadget are hidden in the car. 

– There have been several vehicle thefts, especially in the Baltimore grand garage.  Items such as gym clothing, backpacks, coins & money, and even a water bottle can and have led to broken windows and damaged vehicles.  If you do not have your cigarette lighter cap replaced after using your electronic devices, thieves will assume that a GPS, phone, or other gadget are hidden in the car. 

For your safety, Plain Clothes Details are now in the Garages to cut down on vehicle theft.

Students in a hurry: Do not park in a handicap spot!  University police WILL ticket and tow your car.

24 hour surveillance:  For your safety, a total 43 new surveillance cameras are currently being installed and will be monitored from the Pine St. Police Station with DVR Live recording.  The cameras have been are continuously currently being installed and will be fully operational in October.  There are also covert surveillance cameras at confidential locations that are already in place and have facilitated several arrests.     



RAD class: The Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) is comprised of easy to learn and proven effective physical defense tactics.  The course includes 12 lessons taught by 2 trained and certified Officers from the University Police. 

Dates: September 22nd-October 29th

Times: Lunch Class 12PM-12:50PM or Evening Class 5:15PM-6:15PM

Location: Roll Call Room of the BioPark Police Station. (1N. Poppleton St.) 

Cost: $12 (includes a comprehensive 53-page reference manual)

To enroll or receive more information call: 410-706-3177 or 410-706-6882

http://www.umaryland.edu/police/safetyawareness.html#RAD


Escort Services:  are available to transport students and staff safely around campus!  Police and Public Safety offer a 24-hour daily Walking Escort Service.  A Police Escort Van runs from 6PM to 12:45 AM, 7 days a week.  Please keep yourself safe especially at night by calling 410-706-6882 to request an escort and utilize this valuable service.

Students are reminded that when in doubt about what you think may be a safety issue, don’t hesitate: call your University Police.  Any student or employee seeking crime prevention information can contact William Griffin, your University Safety Awareness Officer at 410-706-1408.

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