June 03, 2011

June, 2011 Campus Safety Update

To: The Campus Community
From: Marlon Lynch, Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police
Date: June 3, 2011

During the next few days, the campus will host many important ceremonies and thousands of visitors. Academic studies are concluding and patterns are changing. Some members of our community will be moving their belongings. It is a time for celebration, but it is also a time when we can become distracted, and when unusual activities around us might go unnoticed.

So as we enjoy the moment, I would ask all of you to take a few basic precautions to reduce the opportunities for crime. If you are traveling in the neighborhood in the evening or at night, please use the transportation services offered by the University and detailed below. Make sure to keep rooms and vehicles locked when not in use, and if you are in the process of moving, ask a friend or relative to keep an eye on your belongings. Take time to familiarize your guests with the neighborhood, and encourage them to take simple precautions.

Violent crime in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood neighborhood and throughout the University of Chicago Police Department coverage area decreased to record lows in 2010, and has dropped still further in 2011. Nonetheless, crime in all urban areas increases during warm weather, so please be alert and help make this end to the school year a safe and enjoyable one.

Here are some resources available to you:

Free bus service: For University students, faculty, staff and Medical Center employees with a valid UChicago ID card. During the academic year the evening routes run Monday–Thursday: every 10 minutes from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and every 20 minutes from 8:00pm to 2:00am. Friday: every 10 minutes from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and every 20 minutes from 8:00pm to 3:00am. Saturday: every 20 minutes from 6:00pm to 3:00am. Sunday: every 20 minutes from 6:00pm to 2:00am.

During the summer and academic breaks, the evening routes run every 20 minutes from 6:00pm to 1:00am (last run at 12:40am).

SafeRide: Call 773-702-2022 to request a ride to and from a specific location within the Coverage Area: 39th to 64th Streets and Cottage Grove to Lake Shore Drive. Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 5:00pm to 4am; Thursday-Saturday, 5:00pm to 6am

Umbrella Service: If you are within the UCPD coverage area and feel uncomfortable with your surroundings, call 773-702-8181 to request a patrol car to accompany you as you walk to your destination.

I encourage you to visit our Safety and Security website for more suggestions on keeping safe while enjoying all the benefits an urban environment has to offer. You will find links to other interesting and useful sites as well.

As always, I welcome your thoughts about security in our neighborhoods. Questions or comments may be directed to ucpd-pio@uchicago.edu.