Staying Safe

Security Alert: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 3 – Between February 17th and March 3rd seven residential burglaries have been reported to the Chicago Police Department off campus in the area bounded by 52nd Street to 54th Street between Cottage Grove Avenue and Drexel Avenue. In 4 of the burglaries residents were home. In each of those 4 incidents a weapon was implied, but no weapon was seen. In most cases it is believed entry was made through an unlocked window or door. After taking personal property including cell phones and laptop computers, the suspects fled the residence. None of the victims reported injuries.

Residents are urged to secure windows and doors and report any suspicious persons or activity immediately to the Chicago Department (911) or the University of Chicago Police Department (773-702-8181).

Marlon C. Lynch
Associate Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs and Chief of Police

  • 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.
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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).