Students spend time on the wall near Clark Hall and the Wise Library between classes on Friday, September 3, 2021.
(WVU Photo / Jennifer Shephard)
The University of West Virginia’s latest Clery Act report for the 2020 pandemic year showed a decrease in reported sexual assault, domestic violence and alcohol-related crimes at a time when the campus population of Morgantown was limited due to COVID-19.
However, some crimes of opportunity have increased. Specifically, the number of reported burglaries on campus was 23 in 2020 compared to 14 in 2019.
âThis reporting cycle created some anomalies largely due to the number of students not attending classes in person. As we all know it was a different year and some of the areas with the increases may reflect that, âsaid Phil Scott, Acting Chief of University Police.
âTo be proactive both on and off campus, we recently took steps to increase camera surveillance capabilities in certain areas, such as the College Park parking lot. We urge people to continue to lock their doors – both at home and in the vehicle – to regularly check their vehicles and report any suspicious behavior. “
A summary of crime and fire safety on the Morgantown campus, the annual report covers the number of reported crimes, as defined in the Clery Act, but not the results of investigations.
For example, since the shooting death of Eric Smith, 21, at College Park Apartments in February 2020, which is part of the latest report, two men have been convicted of murder.
The University publishes the report annually in accordance with federal Clery Act. Requests for hard copies can be made by calling 304-293-3136, or by mail at 992 Elmer Prince Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506-6563.
University police receive reports of suspicious behavior or activity by telephone at 304-293-COPS (2677). Problems can also be reported online at safety.wvu.edu, a website that offers safety information and resources.
During the pandemic, in the spring of 2021, the University launched the WVU Public Safety Advisory Committee to serve as a liaison between the UPD and the wider community to continue its ongoing efforts to improve safety and security. .
Current students are automatically subscribed to receive WVU alert messages, but are encouraged to keep their contact information up to date. Parents have the option of being added to their students’ accounts. Teachers and staff can also sign up for WVU Alert. Information on the University’s emergency notification system is available at safety.wvu.edu.
Additionally, all members of the WVU community are encouraged to download the LiveSafe app to access other security tools.
Other resources include WVU Safety on Facebook and @WVUalert and @ WVUsecurity on Twitter.
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