Campus Crime: vandalism taken too far

By Ethan Amason
Contributing Writer

Piedmont College had a wake-up call when a sophomore mass communications major, Jordyn Propst, woke up to find his car vandalized. 

The windshield of his Mitsubishi Lancer was bashed in, as well as his side mirror, which was completely ripped off. The culprit also keyed the side of his car. 

The side mirror was not immediately found. When he noticed that the mirror was missing, he said he looked under his car. The mirror was under his car with a threatening note written on the glass.

What most people don’t know is that colleges are required to show all crime history that has happened on campus, some of which are not good for publicity at all, like what happened here at Piedmont to Propst.

According to Assistant Police Chief Chanon Pritchard, there is still an open investigation. She said there was an arrest made, but the district attorney’s office currently has the case. 

The files charged were to an individual from Cumming, Ga. for criminal damage to property of the second degree. The individual from Cumming, Ga, was not a student here at Piedmont, but a friend of a student. 

Pritchard said: “There is a fair amount of students who attend Piedmont. We do everything we can to serve and protect the students. The students also have a responsibility to protect themselves.”

This is one incident, but many other criminal acts occur on college campuses every day. Crime on campus is a big deal all across America. 

Even at small Division III colleges, it is still an issue. 

LaGrange College’s websites lists some criminal acts that have occurred there in the past few years. 

Over the past eight years, they have had 58 counts of burglary, seven counts of motor vehicle theft, 10 counts of drug abuse and many other reports. 

Oglethorpe College’s website also listed over 17 accounts of burglary and two counts of vehicle theft. 

Propst said that he was really impressed with campus police’s investigation. 

“I feel that the school should pay closer attention to the surroundings when patrolling at night,” he said.

Pritchard said: “If they [students] see suspicious actions on campus, or someone who they know that doesn’t go to the school, around all of the time, report it. 

Reporting things like that can help prevent incidents like this from happening again.”