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Georgia Tech ramps up security to combat crime

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ATLANTA — Georgia Tech officials say they’re taking several steps to enhance security after a series of crimes on and near the Atlanta campus, including a sexual assault reported Thursday.

In the latest case, a Georgia Tech student reported being sexually assaulted around 6:40 p.m., as more than 50,000 football fans and dozens of police officers streamed onto the campus for Georgia Tech’s Thursday night game against Virginia Tech.

This month, the college plans to launch the Rave Guardian system, which allows students to activate a timer on cellphones. The time it takes for a trip across campus can be entered, and police will be automatically notified if the trip isn’t completed in a certain time, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Georgia Tech police say they’re also meeting regularly with Atlanta police and other law enforcement agencies to help guard the campus on the north edge of downtown.

More than 115 public safety officers were on duty for the Thursday night football game, in addition to 315 event security personnel, said Matt Nagel, a spokesman for the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Along with more police patrols, school administrators also regularly send crime alerts and remind students to always be aware of their surroundings.

“A lot of it is that we are in downtown Atlanta,” student Brittany Opraseuth told WSB-TV. “You just have to be safe. I make sure to always have someone to walk me home.”


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