Staying Safe

Security Alert: Friday, December 9, 2016

UCPD and CPD responded to the following several robberies that appear to be related:

At approximately 9:15 p.m., Friday, December 9 – A University Medicine staff member walking on the north side of East 55th Street between Ingleside and Ellis was approached by three unknown suspects who demanded the victim’s property. The victim handed over his book bag to the suspects who then fled in a white SUV. The victim reported no physical injuries. The incident was not immediately reported to the police.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., Friday, December 9 – A University student walking off-campus southbound on South Greenwood between 54th Street and 55th Street was approached by one unknown suspect who demanded the victim’s property. The suspect took the victim’s wallet before entering a waiting white or tan SUV. The victim reported no physical injuries.

At approximately 10:20 p.m., Friday, December 9 – A University student walking off-campus on 54th Street between South University and South Woodlawn was approached by an unknown suspect who demanded his property. The suspect took the victim’s cell phone before entering a white SUV that drove off in an unknown direction. The victim reported no physical injuries.


Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not resist an armed robbery unless absolutely necessary. Avoid using cell phones or other electronic devices while on the street. When walking, try to walk with a group or have a friend walk with you. There is safety in numbers.

Familiarize yourself with the location of the University’s emergency phones. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to police by activating an emergency phone or by calling the UCPD when you get to a safe location. Use the UCPD’s Safety Escort Program and when possible use public transportation. Visit the Department of Safety & Security’s website for more information about safety and security at the University of Chicago.

  • If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the Chicago Police Department (911) or the University of Chicago Police Department – 123 from a University phone or 773.702.8181 from other phones.
  • More safety and security information is available at safety-security.uchicago.edu.
  • Security alerts are issued by email and posted to the Department of Safety & Security’s website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Security alerts are based on information reported to the University of Chicago Police Department. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the security alert was issued.
  • Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in security alerts only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.

Comments or suggestions about security-related issues should be directed to: ucpd-pio@uchicago.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Chicago Police Department patrol area boundaries are 37th Street on the north to 65th Street on the south/Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive (39th Street to 60thStreet)/Evans Avenue to Stony Island Avenue (61st Street to 64th Street)/65th Street (Ellis Avenue to University Avenue).