Atlanta colleges aren’t immune to crime, as Georgia Tech students, staff and faculty are being reminded this week when two Georgia Tech male students were stripped in their own home and a 44-year-old dead man’s body was found on the campus.
Atlanta Police Department patrols became even more concentrated in the college areas last year due to the murder of Jamine Lynn, the Spelman freshman killed when a stray bullet hit her as she passed by the Woodruff library.
Since Jasimine’s death last fall, many students have become more aware of their surroundings and less willing to go out as much at night. This isn’t true for all students, as some incoming students each year are not always privy to the previous years tragedies or as cognizant of the need for their own diligence where safety issues are concerned.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported to the public at large in September that the APD intended to increase their presence in school areas in less costly ways, opting to run the blue lights on their patrol routes (very attention-getting), in lieu of draining the police budget for more manpower overtime costs.
The article, “Cops prepare for crime around campus,” referenced one neighborhood in particular that was a recurring problem for crime: the Home Park neighborhood.
It was this neighborhood in which two Georgia Tech students were stripped, tied up and robbed recently. Three males were loitering near the home located on Ethel Street, close to the campus, when one of the two home residents happened to arrive and notice them.
The college student–one of two brothers from Savannah who resided in the home–could have benefited from reading Gavin DeBecker’s “The Gift of Fear,” book.
DeBecker, a security specialist recognized by Hollywood and the federal government, advises you to trust your gut instinct in such situations, which might have prompted the young man to call 911 immediately. It could have thwarted what did happen later.
Atlanta Police were quoted in the AJC article aforementioned to do the exact same thing when students notice anything unusual. It doesn’t bother law enforcement at all to respond to a 911 call of concern. They’d much rather do that than find people harmed after the fact. Just ask them.
The three assailants, one using a gun, took control and entered the home with the male just arriving. Both brothers were stripped naked, their limbs tied together and their electronic possesions taken, along with one brother’s blue Hyundai Sonata Turbo vehicle.
On the actual Georgia Tech Campus, a dead man’s body was found this week, too. The two crimes are not believed to be related and police have learned the dead man was not a student. More information to follow on this crime as news is available.