Since December 2015, four armed robberies have occurred in the Georgia State University library.
This recent rash of crime, including two robberies at gunpoint on the same day, prompted GSU officials to take aggressive action towards returning a sense of safety to the downtown Atlanta campus.
"I am deeply concerned about the recent string of robberies in the university’s library, and I am taking immediate action to vigorously address security issues," Georgia State University President Mark Becker said in a statement. "The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is our first priority."
Becker says he's authorized campus police to:
- Double the number of police officers on each shift patrolling campus.
- Take steps to secure all exits and entrances, including having uniformed officers at each entrance checking the Panther IDs of all faculty, staff and students.
- Install additional security cameras at the library.
- Temporarily close the library to the public while we put new security measures in place.
- Hold campus safety forums to hear concerns from our community.