Campus police chiefs and city leaders have issued a warning to criminals who make college students targets. They say that within 30 days, they will craft a plan to slow the criminals down and make campus life safer.
Council president Caesar Mitchell, along with police officials, city administrators and students, made the announcement from City Hall late Monday morning.
Officials say that while crime is down near the Georgia Tech campus, the perception is that students are under attack.
The task force is to come up with recommendations which will be sent to the mayor, police departments, and campus presidents at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the Atlanta University Center.
Atlanta plans to beef up its police force, and leaders hope that will help keep students safe at Georgia Tech and the other city campuses. Despite a number of highly-publicized crimes in and around the Georgia Tech campus, city and college police say crime in the area is actually down over the last couple of years.
Last week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and safety officials from Georgia Tech unveiled a new police cruiser designed to speed up response time and increase communication between the campus and city officers.
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