Burglaries weigh on Tech during summer semester

A string of burglaries has struck campus this summer, including two at Greek houses. Several of the incidents with items being stolen from residences have shown no forced entry.

One of the incidents happened at a dorm. On Monday, June 28, a suspected robbery occurred at Hefner on West Campus. A resident at the dormitory reported missing prescription pills from her room. No suspect has been found.

The first incident at a Greek house dealt with a male suspect attempting to break into the Sigma Chi Fraternity house. The intruder was unsuccessful. When later detained, drug paraphernalia was found on him.

“Since most chapters remain active at Georgia Tech throughout the summer term, strategies to keep houses secure are the same year-round: avoid sharing house entry codes with non-residents, lock exterior doors and windows and keep exterior lights on,” said Ashby Foltz, President of Interfraternity Council.

The other incident involving a Greek house on campus occurred at the Alpha Chi Omega house. A person living in the house was awakened by the sound of a male attempting to steal her laptop. After the victim shouted at the suspect, he fled the scene but was not detained.

“Suspicious activity should always be reported to GTPD. If a chapter house is vacant, for a weekend or a month, chapter officers can let myself and the Office of Greek Affairs know, and GTPD can check the house to make sure it has not been broken into or vandalized. Chapter houses, like all other Georgia Tech facilities, are not immune to area crime, but we hope that their location within the Greek Neighborhood will continue to act as a deterrent,” Foltz said.

A string of burglaries also struck campus during the Summer 2008 semester when five different fraternity houses were robbed.