Task Force: More Cameras Needed To Curb Campus Crime

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A report from a campus safety task force formed last month suggests the city's college and universities, in coordination with police, pay more attention to areas bordering their institutions.

While statistics indicate crime on local college campuses is down, the surrounding areas serve as a fertile territory for criminals.

Crime bordering the Georgia Tech campus, for example, has risen since 2008, according to statistics provided by the APD. From Oct. 29, 2009, through July 1 of this year, Tech police reported 63 "safety alerts" — only 16 of which occurred on campus.

The top recommendation of the task force, convened by Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and including local college and university presidents and police chiefs: More surveillance cameras to focus on areas "in the immediate vicinity," the report states.

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