The centralized 911 dispatch center will more quickly and accurately route calls to the appropriate local emergency medical, fire, and law enforcement agencies by reducing transfers, saving valuable response time.
In an ongoing effort to improve campus safety and security, 145 new indoor emergency phones are being installed on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg, Virginia, campus this summer. The phones are small blue call boxes with two-way speakers that are mounted to walls in central building locations.
During these calls, the victims are told that they owe the government money and, if they are unable to pay the amount while still on the phone, they will be arrested. The callers then instruct the victims to purchase various gift cards and provide the numbers to them. After obtaining the gift card numbers, the callers usually hang up without giving any further instructions.
At approximately 12:25 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2016, The Virginia Tech Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery that had occurred approximately 20 minutes earlier in the Dietrick Parking Lot on the Virginia Tech campus.