COLLEGE PARK,Md. (WUSA) -- As students begin their Spring semester at the University of Maryland, UMD Police Chief David Mitchell sent out the following safety warning to the entire student body on Wednesday detailing safety resources .
I would like to welcome all of you back for what is sure to be a great spring semester. While I understand you will be receiving many emails pertaining to your academics, please take a few minutes to read this important email regarding your safety and well-being.
The issue of your safety on and around campus is always of concern for us. Since 2006, the UMD College Park Campus has seen a continual decrease in violent crime both on and off campus. To continue this trend I am asking that you take to heart these very important safety tips.
• Before you leave your residence or go to sleep for the night, check to be sure that all windows and doors are locked.
• 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.
• Avoid isolation. After dark, walk with others and use well-lit paths. Department of Public Safety escort services are available 24/7 at 301-405-3555.
• If you feel you are being followed, contact the police immediately. Prevent people from tailgating into the building by ensuring the door closes as soon as possible after you enter.
• If you observe suspicious behavior, report it to police immediately by dialing 301-405-3555 or #3333 from a mobile device.
• Note the locations of the Blue Light Emergency Phones and look for them as you walk.
• Register for emergency text alerts at alert.umd.edu.
• Follow @UMPD on Twitter for information updates.
• Download the M-Urgency safety app available for IOS and Android devices. Visit m-urgency.umd.edu for additional information and instructions."