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UPD warns about burglary


West Virginia University Police reminds members of the campus and the surrounding community to be vigilant and lock their doors after a burglary was reported earlier this week at 672 N. High St.

University Police met Wednesday with members of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity (not recognized by WVU) who provided surveillance footage of a man entering an unlocked door of the residence and stealing multiple items between 7:40-8 a.m. Sunday.

UPD reviewed additional surveillance video from the same morning where the suspect was seen trying to gain access to 700 and 692 N. High St. through the front doors of those residences. The suspect was also observed looking through trash and checking car doors in the area.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 25-35 years old, wearing a red hat, brown or dark-colored coat and multi-colored pants.

Officers are reviewing information as they work to locate the suspect. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call University Police at 203-293-COPS (2677) or visit the department at 992 Elmer Prince Drive, Morgantown. Information may be shared anonymously.

Members of the university and surrounding community are also asked to help by locking all doors to residences and vehicles, particularly in the evening and when not in use.

The following safety tips are designed to help avoid potential crime.

  • Anyone who believes they are in danger should immediately call 911.
  • If you witness a potentially dangerous situation or a crime, call 911 or WVUPD.
  • Download WVU’s LiveSafe app.
  • Inspect locks on doors, windows and other applicable areas to ensure they are working
  • Do not admit strangers into a residence hall, apartment or house. Limit the amount of personal information posted online. Never leave notes on an exterior door indicating you are out for the night or out of town.
  • Make sure to lock windows, doors and vehicles while you are away or not actively monitoring them.
  • Do not leave spare keys in places accessible to others.
  • Do not leave valuable items unattended or within view inside your vehicle.
  • Ensure that your vehicle is locked when leaving it unattended.
  • If you lose your key or ID, report it immediately so locks can be changed, and ID access suspended until a new ID has been issued.
  • If you are confronted, cooperate. Give the criminal what he/she asks for — wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards, act. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Don’t make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description and call police immediately.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Mark and record serial numbers of electronics and other valuables.
  • If harassed or assaulted, scream and attempt to run for safety.
  • Know your neighborhood. Identify police and fire stations, libraries, emergency telephones — as well as the hours of operation of local stores and restaurants.

Students and employees are encouraged to follow the WVU Safety and Wellness Facebook page and @WVUsafety on Twitter.