Practicing Safety at Tech
Providing a safe and secure environment, while sustaining and nurturing an open campus, is Georgia Tech’s top priority. Faculty, staff and administrators devote significant resources to the provision and maintenance of a safe and secure campus community. Though we have a staff of more than 80 police officers patrolling the campus, it is important to remember that we are located in a large, urban environment.
As your student begins college at Tech, they should understand and embrace the following safety tips.
- In an event of an emergency, students should call the Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) at 404.894.2500. Students should program this number into their cell phones.
- If in need of late-night campus transportation, use the Stingerette after-hours shuttle service. Students should also program 404.385.7433 into their cell phones.
- Students should remove all valuables from their vehicle to help prevent break-ins. Leaving any items in view — GPS devices, laptops, purses, spare change, books and gym bags — put a vehicle at increased risk for a break-in.
- If a suspicious or armed person demands property, students should comply with the request then immediately seek police assistance.
- If your student sees something suspicious contact the Georgia Tech Police immediately.
- Keep doors and windows locked, especially when your student is not in their room.
- Register all laptops and bicycles to help the recovery process in the event of theft. This is a FREE service. For more information visit www.police.gatech.edu/services.
- Follow the Georgia Tech Police on Facebook www.facebook.com/GaTechPD and Twitter @GaTechPD
- Register for Jacket Guardian, a new security service for the campus that transforms mobile phones into personal safety devices. Jacket Guardian allows cellphone users to make an emergency call directly to the Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD), allowing the GTPD respond more quickly. It provides a proactive "timer" feature that allows students to specify how long it will take to complete certain activities and sends an alert to the police if the timer expires and it is an opt-in system that enables users' profile information to appear in the Atlanta, or any, Smart911 center. Sign up for free at www.police.gatech.edu/services/jacketguardian.
Campus Prevention Measures:
- Georgia Tech has 80 sworn police officers that patrol campus 24-hours a day on foot, motorcycle, bicycle, car, Segway and sometimes with a K-9 companion.
- Atlanta Police and Georgia Tech Police work together daily to increase public safety around the perimeter of the campus.
- The Stingerette after hours transport runs from 6 p.m. – 7 a.m., so students do not have to walk on campus after dark.
- There are 190 emergency “blue” phones located throughout the campus.
- Key or secure card entry to all residence halls
- Georgia Tech provides free training and safety classes in self defense, sexual violence, alcohol safety and emergency preparedness.
- Counseling services available 24-hours a day through the Georgia Tech Counseling Center.
- Housing staff available 24-hours a day.
- Georgia Tech Emergency Notification System (GTENS) emergency text message system in place for all students who sign up. Students should sign up at passport.gatech.edu.
- SkyCop Cadet Mobile Surveillance Unit is a portable, video surveillance trailer used on Tech’s campus that enables Georgia Tech police officers to remotely monitor areas from their patrol cars.
- Campus outdoor siren warning system.
- Emergency alerts to classrooms are delivered through computers and projectors that are connected to the campus computer network.
- Students are required to enter emergency contact information on Buzzport. Click on the red phone icon after logging in at buzzport.gatech.edu.
Students can help reduce their risk of being a victim of a crime and increase their personal safety. For more information visit the Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) website www.police.gatech.edu.