Emergency Preparedness
Crime in Progress
If you see criminal or suspicious activity
  • Contact University Police by dialing 911 from a University phone or by pre-programming 301-405-3333 into a cellular phone
  • Remain calm, and do not make sudden movements
  • If it is safe to do so, leave the area
When the University of Maryland Police dispatcher answers
  • Give your name, your specific location and the nature of the crime in progress or other concerns
  • Identify help that is needed immediately; report any injuries to yourself or others
  • If safe to do so, note the suspect's(s') height, weight, age, race, clothing, distinguishing physical characteristics such as facial hair, weapons, and means and direction of travel
  • If a vehicle is involved, note license plate number, make and model, color, direction it was heading, and anything else that stands out about the vehicle
  • Stay on the phone until the dispatcher tells you it's okay to hang up
  • Stay in your same location, if safe to do so, until Police arrive
Police should be called
  • For situations involving weapons, injury, threat of harm, use of force against another person, coercion, attempted breaking or entering, destruction of property
  • For persons in trouble and needing help
  • For intruders, strangers acting suspiciously, fighting, assault, sexual assault, domestic violence, persons committing a theft or other crime
What not to do
  • Do not leave your room or other safe area to try to investigate what is happening if you see or hear something
  • Do not assume others have called Police
  • Do not try to confront, apprehend or interfere with the suspect(s), except to protect yourself
When you finish talking with Police
  • Dial the phone number for your 24-hour Service Desk or (301) 314-WORK (9675)
  • Identify yourself and relay the same information you just gave to Police
  • Ask to have a Resident Life duty staff member contacted immediately
  • Try to have someone stay with you until help arrives
Take reasonable precautions when you go out, especially after dark
  • Have roommate or friends know where you are going and when to expect you to return
  • Get your exercise or run your errands early in the evening, not late
  • Walk or jog/run in groups
  • Carry a cellular phone
  • Stay alert to what's happening around you; report suspicious behavior/activity
  • Plan your route; stay on populated, well-lighted walks
  • Know locations of blue-light Emergency phones and video-monitored areas
What not to do, especially after dark
  • Do not walk, jog or run alone
  • Do not separate yourself from friends or a group
  • Stay away from dark or isolated areas
  • Do not take shortcuts through dark areas or places where someone could be hiding
  • Do not wear headphones (distracts you from your surroundings)
  • Do not go out when the use of alcohol, drugs, medications may affect your judgment