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WVU shares Community Notice about recent auto tampering incidents with students, employees

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Employees and students are encouraged to be vigilant as West Virginia University Police has received five reports since Feb. 17 of auto tampering in which the vehicle’s catalytic converter had been taken. The vehicles were parked in the following lots on the Morgantown campus: Lots 200, 201 (Near the Law School); 30 (Near College Park). Similar incidents have been reported throughout Monongalia County.

University Police is increasing patrols and presence in these areas and is also coordinating with other law enforcement agencies in response to the incidents.

Officers are actively reviewing information as they work to identify suspects. If anyone has seen any suspicious individuals or vehicles in any University parking lot, please call 304-293-COPS (2677) or visit the department at 992 Elmer Prince Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505. Information may be shared anonymously.

We are committed to providing a safe campus for the protection of the University community. The following safety tips are designed to help avoid potential crime.

  • Check your vehicle often.

  • Make sure to lock vehicle windows and doors while you are away or not actively monitoring them.

  • Do not leave spare keys in places accessible to others (e.g., inside an unlocked car).

  • Check your vehicle before getting in and driving away.

  • If anything is out of place or appears to have been tampered with, call UPD (if off-campus, Morgantown PD or local police department).

  • DO NOT ATTEMPT to drive the vehicle away if parts to the vehicle are missing unless it is safe to do so.

  • If any tools or other items are around the car, do not touch them and tell the responding officer.

  • Anyone who believes they are in danger should immediately call 911.

  • If you witness a potentially dangerous situation or a crime, call 911 or UPD.

  • Download the LiveSafe app.

  • If you encounter an emergency situation on campus, utilize the blue light emergency call system if available.

West Virginia University Resources:

Learn more about WVU’s three-tiered emergency notification system.

Health, safety, preparedness and training resources are posted at and also available at

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