The Georgia Tech Police Department, located at 879 Hemphill Avenue operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with a staff of more than 100 personnel. Amongst the staff, there are 86 Certified Police Officers utilizing motorcycles, Segway, patrol cars, bicycles, conducting foot patrols and using a variety of advanced technologies to help keep the campus safe. Divisions within the police department include: Administrative, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Emergency Preparedness. Units derived within these divisions include: special events, accreditation, training, crime prevention, K-9, Community Outreach (Bicycle Unit) and Traffic Enforcement Unit.
Emergency Preparedness is dedicated to preparing for and responding to emergencies that occur on campus by implementing the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The Emergency Preparedness Division conducts threat and risk assessments and security audits, maintains the emergency action plan, assists with individual facility plans, and conducts realistic exercises to test plans. The division also coordinates emergency notification efforts (see GTENS below).
- Sky Cop, a mobile surveillance system designed to strategically monitor locations around campus
- Live Safe- Quick, convenient safety app that allows you to communicate with GTPD. The feature was chosen by the student government association. Free of charge to the campus community and available to both apple and android users.
- More than 200 emergency phones strategically located across campus
Emergency notification tools:
- Georgia Tech Emergency Notification System (GTENS) allows GTPD to alert campus via text, phone call, and e-mail during a crisis when we need the entire campus community to take immediate action; students should sign up through Passport.
- Outdoor siren warning system (tested on the first Thursday of each month). During severe weather, be prepared to immediately seek shelter indoors, away from windows at the lowest level possible.
- Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as alert messages on various television monitors across campus.
Dedicated joint patrol with one Georgia Tech and one Atlanta Police Department (APD) officer for adjacent communities Atlantic Station and Home Park. The two officers share a vehicle and patrol Home Park, Atlantic Station, and surrounding areas. The vehicle will be marked with both Georgia Tech and APD logos. The two officers will patrol fourteen hours each day.
- College/University – APD monthly public safety meetings
- Monthly crime strategy meeting with APD Zone-5
- Fulton County DA Citizen Court Watch
Approximately 9,000 students live on campus in our residence halls (8,575 single students and 380 families) and more than 1,200 students live in on-campus Greek housing. For this reason, round-the-clock transportation options are vital.
- "Midnight Rambler" bus route runs from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
- "Stingerette" is available Monday through Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
- "Stingerette" rides can be reserved via smartphone app and computer.
- Police escorts available on request.
GTENS – Georgia Tech Emergency Notification System
As part of Georgia Tech’s ongoing efforts to safeguard students, faculty, and staff, the Institute employs multiple communications channels in what is known as the Georgia Tech Emergency Notification System (GTENS). This system allows the campus community to receive time-sensitive emergency messages in the form of e-mail, voicemail, and text messages. Every Georgia Tech e-mail address will receive emergency alerts; however, to receive text messages and voicemail alerts, members of the campus community must provide a mobile phone number. While participation in the text and voice messaging notification is optional, enrollment is strongly encouraged. Information supplied by participants is considered confidential and will not be shared. Participants will only be contacted through the system in the event of an emergency. Students can sign up for GTENS text messaging and voicemail options by logging into Passport (Cwww.police.gatech.edu ).
Georgia Tech has additional emergency notification systems, including the audio Siren Warning System designed to alert people outdoors of an emergency situation. The campus community is also encouraged to follow Georgia Tech Police on Twitter and Facebook as a means to monitor the Institute’s presence on these social media websites. Remember, it’s important for students to stay focused on threatening weather and other emergency situations and to take appropriate action when necessary.
Students are encouraged to be part of the solution and know what to do during an emergency. More information on the Institute’s emergency procedures and the emergency response guidebook is available at www.gatech.edu/emergency. When in doubt, call the Georgia Tech police at 404.894.2500 or 911.
See Something? Say Something. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take an active role in the safety and well-being of themselves and those around them. If something doesn’t look “right,” call 404.894.2500 and a Georgia Tech Police officer will respond.
When Walking – Avoid walking alone whenever possible. Avoid areas where there are tall shrubs or hedges and avoid shortcuts through wooded areas. Also avoid poorly lit streets, alleys, vacant lots, and parking areas. Walk near the curb on the side of the street facing traffic when there is no sidewalk available. Familiarize yourself with the Stinger bus routes and schedules and the Stingerette service. If transportation service is not available, call the Campus Police at 404.894.2500 for a safety escort to avoid walking alone at night.
When Driving – Always lock your car when entering or leaving it. Look in the back seat before getting in to see if anyone is hiding there, even if you had locked the door. Make sure there is gas in the tank and that your car is in good running condition. If you have car trouble, raise the hood of the car and call for assistance. If you go for help or someone stops and offers help, be aware of your surroundings and ask the person to send for assistance. Tech’s Campus Police will assist students in instances of automobile failure on campus.
At Home – Safety measures in residence halls include outside doors that lock automatically. Keep the door to your room locked as well. If you live in a house or apartment, make certain the door is equipped with a peephole and a dead bolt lock with a one-inch throw. Request identification from anyone doing repair work and verify the identity of strangers before allowing them in.
If You Are Attacked – No single strategy always works. The choice of whether to fight back can be made only by you. Sometimes the best options may be to scream, blow a whistle, run, or just make any kind of loud noise. If the assailant is armed, your choices are limited; there is no way to predict his or her actions. Research shows that getting into a car of an assailant will likely have grave results. If you decide to fight back, attempt to scratch your assailant on the face or in the eyes with combs, keys, nail files, or pens if you can, or bite or kick. If you decide to fight back, fully commit until you can escape, and then try to get a good description and direction of travel of the assailant. Contact the police as soon as it is safe to do so.
Bicycle registration is not required but is recommended, and it can be done at Campus Police headquarters free of charge. Using a bike lock is a must. Campus Police recommend a “U-shaped” lock over a cable lock. U-shaped locks can be purchased at Barnes & Noble on Tech Square. When riding a bike on campus, use the bike lanes, and remember that cyclists are required to follow the same laws as motor vehicle operators. Be a defensive driver, especially when you are in a bike lane and the car beside you plans on making a right turn at a stop sign or light.
Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you initiated the contact or are sure you know with whom you are dealing. If you suspect that your personal information has been used to commit fraud or theft, take the following four steps right away: Review and place a fraud alert on your credit reports, close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently, file a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place, and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
The most frequently reported crimes are those involving theft of personal or institutional property. Always secure your belongings and never leave them unattended. Keep a record of your valuables and engrave them when possible. Engraving is available at the Georgia Tech Police Department.
Never leave your laptop unattended or in a vehicle – not even for a few minutes to get a cup of coffee or go to the bathroom! If you must leave it in a vehicle, secure it in the trunk. Never leave your laptop in a room or office that is unlocked. Do not store sensitive information on your laptop. Consider purchasing insurance for your laptop and use a locking device to secure your laptop. Ask laptop manufacturers about security devices available for your laptop.
Use sidewalks and crosswalks. Although you have the right of way when using a crosswalk, use common sense and always assume that the approaching driver is not paying attention or doesn’t see you. Also, avoid crossing busy campus streets with earphones in, talking on the phone, reading, texting, etc.
For brochures on safety tips and crime prevention, call the Campus Police Crime Prevention Unit at 404.894.2500 or visit the Georgia Tech Police Department. You may download a copy of the Crime Awareness Brochure at www.police.gatech.edu and download a copy of the fire safety report at www.police.gatech.edu/crimeinfo.
Like any community, Georgia Tech experiences accidents, crime, injuries, and other emergencies. Campus crime statistics are available at www.police.gatech.edu/crimeinfo.
Campus safety and security is the responsibility of everyone – faculty, staff, and students! Use common sense, avoid areas where you know you don’t belong, never leave your valuables unattended, and if you See Something, Say Something – call GTPD at 404.894.2500 if you see anything that looks suspicious or out of place.