Campus Quad

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Media Statement

 At the end of 2012, the community of Carrollton and specifically four off-campus apartment communities were the targets of a group of young males who were masquerading as students.  These men were riding the University of West Georgia shuttle bus and developing relationships with young female students – all in an attempt to commit crimes, targeted at the students, including but not limited to the sale of drugs. Criminal activity began to rise in the area, and Archer Properties stepped up to put an end to it.

 Archer Properties, the developer and manager of an off-campus student housing community called Campus Quad Carrollton, took a leadership role in working with the University of West Georgia and local law enforcement to coordinate increased patrols of both on-duty and off-duty police and deputy sheriffs, the requirement of student identification to ride the University of West Georgia shuttle and more.  These efforts resulted in the arrest of 13 individuals and the expulsion of others who were tied to criminal activities.  Crimes in the Carrollton community have significantly decreased.

 While some of the criminal activity was publicized in early 2013, no significant crimes ever took place at Campus Quad.

 Archer Properties also made a significant financial investment at its Campus Quad Carrollton property to further prevent any uninvited guests.  They immediately installed perimeter fencing around the already gated community, and increased on-site surveillance with off-duty City of Carrolton police officers and Carroll County sheriff deputies and their respective K-9 units.  As a result, the apartment community and the city of Carrollton are much safer today.  In addition, Campus Quad expanded its courtesy officers who live on the property from two to five.  Courtesy officers are typically city police, county deputy sheriffs or Georgia State Patrol officers who live at Campus Quad and perform courtesy officer duties when off duty with their primary employer.

 Archer Properties knows education is the key to making a lasting impact.  With encouragement from the University, Archer Properties plans to sponsor a coalition of owners of the student apartment properties in Carrollton to continue surveillance and launch a student education program in Fall 2013.  The education program, being created in conjunction with University faculty, will help educate students who are living off-campus to be aware of the tactics used by criminals to gain access to their apartment homes and lives.  Eight education classes will be scheduled and conducted when students return to campus after the summer break.