Mitchell cited Atlanta Police Department data for 2010-11 for crimes reported on and around college campuses. The statistics showed 4 homicides, 4 rapes, 135 aggravated assaults, 39 burglaries, 161 pedestrian robberies, 170 residential and commercial robberies, 296 cases of auto theft and 1,886 larcenies.
One of the more recent incidents occurred the early morning of July 1, when a 20-year-old undergraduate student at Tech awakened in his dormitory room in the North Avenue Apartments East to find two men stealing his laptop.
"Move, and I'll shoot you dead," one of the suspects told the victim at gunpoint, according to a Tech police report. The student was not harmed.
That incident came a little more than a week after three other students were mugged off-campus by armed thieves.
Last week, Mayor Kasim Reed promised more aggressive crime-fighting in Tech's Midtown neighborhood.
Reed and Col. Wayne Mock, public safety manager for Midtown Blue, a private security force of off-duty Atlanta police officers who patrol neighborhoods such as Home Park, unveiled a high-tech crime-fighting cruiser that students have nicknamed the "Flying Saucer."
The $37,000 2011 Dodge Charger Enforcer II has 27 emergency lights and other equipment to give it high visibility as it makes its rounds.
— Staff writer Christian Boone contributed to this article.