Student Safety during Summer in the City

Tech’s location in the heart of Atlanta makes it a great place to spend the summer, whether you’re interning, working or taking classes.

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The Georgia Tech Police Department will host a series of crime prevention classes this week for all members of the campus community.

The relaxed state of summer could lull you into a false sense of security, though. Warmer weather, fewer people on campus, and more time off campus could create a perfect storm for you to potentially be a victim of crime.

It’s important to take precautions year-round, but here are a few tips to help you stay safe throughout summer, both on and off campus:

  • Remember to lock all doors and windows before leaving. Leave an exterior or interior light on if you won’t return until after dark so you have better visibility when you get home.
  • Let a roommate or friend know where you’re going, when you’ll be back and how to get in touch with you.
  • Make plans to return home with the same group of people you left with.
  • Determine how you’ll get home before you leave the house. If you’re coming from an on-campus location at night, call the Stingerette. If you’re off campus, consider calling a cab or using Uber if you’re not driving.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid using mobile and electronic devices while traveling throughout the area.
  • Keep your wits about you. Use of alcohol and other substances could make you more vulnerable.
  • Practice the clean car rule by never leaving items in view inside your vehicle. Secure belongings in the glove box or trunk, including loose change and GPS mounts.
  • If you see something suspicious, say something. On campus, call the Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) at 404-894-2500. Off campus, call the Atlanta Police Department at 911.

And a few reminders specific to life on campus:

  • Avoid walking alone at night. If you do walk on campus, whether alone or with friends, use Jacket Guardian.
  • Do not let others enter campus buildings behind you through secure access doors.
  • Never leave your valuables unsecured or unattended, and register your property with GTPD.