Clark Atlanta University increases security in wake of robberies

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Clark Atlanta University increases security in wake of robberies

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Students make their way to their classes at Clark Atlanta University on Jan. 24, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Clark Atlanta University is stepping up security measures after several students reported being robbed in recent weeks, its president announced Monday.

The immediate changes include campus police being on the grounds more frequently and Atlanta Police Department officers doing mounted patrols, CAU president Ronald A. Johnson wrote in a two-page letter to students and staff. CAU has also created a task force that includes students leaders who are exploring improvements to exterior campus lighting and in-residence emergency signage.

“We will be relentless in our efforts to apprehend anyone who commits or attempts to commit on or near our campus,” Johnson wrote.

The changes came after several students reported being robbed of their cellphones in recent weeks and other safety concerns mentioned during a Nov. 8 town hall meeting. Johnson also said CAU is working with other institutions in the Atlanta University Center on better monitoring efforts.

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