Safety in the City

Collage of police car, police helicopter and doctor

Here are some security tips from the UMMC security department.

General Safety

  • Walk in pairs or groups whenever possible, particularly in the evening.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If a path or area seems unsafe, avoid it; take the long way around.
  • Escorts or valet services from Guest Services and Security are available; call 410-328-6400 at least ten minutes ahead of time.
  • If you are in danger or see any dangerous activity outside the Medical Center, use your cell phone to dial 911.

Cell Phone Security

Cell phones have a great deal of street value to thieves. Don't make it easy for them to steal your phone or any personal information you have stored on it.

Stay off your cell phone in public places

Cell phones distract you from your surroundings. If you're in a public place and preoccupied with talking or texting, somebody can easily grab the phone and run. Try to make calls before you go into public areas. If you receive an important call while you're out, make it quick. Better yet, call back when you're in a more secure location.

Save your cell phone's serial number well as model and make. Keep the information in a place where you can find it. Your serial number proves it's yours. The serial number is usually found by opening the battery compartment on your phone. It will start with one of these codes: IMEI, MEID or ESN.

Activate the phone's tracking device

Activate the Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking system on your phone and other electronic devices. This will make it possible to locate it electronically. If the device does not have a GPS tracking system, you can buy software that does the same thing. Check with your provider.

Password-protect your phone

Lock your phone using the security lock code or PIN feature, usually found in Settings. Make it more difficult for others to access your personal information in your stolen phone.

Don't store secrets in your phone

If it's stolen, it's not that difficult for the thief to pull out your private information before clearing the memory and reselling the device. If the information isn't in the phone, the thief can't use it for identity theft.

If your phone is stolen

First, find another phone and call 911 as soon as possible. Contact your cell phone service provider immediately. Suspend your wireless service. This will prevent others from using your phone and racking up unauthorized charges. The carrier's main service number should be available on its website; you can also visit one of the company's stores to report the theft. If you have an online cell phone account, you should be able to suspend your service online.