Staying Safe

Security Alert: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Since May 21, 2015 three robberies have been committed off campus in the area of South Harper Avenue between 57th Street and 58th Street. Their location, time of day and number of suspects suggests a possible pattern.  Both CPD and UCPD have increased patrols and crime reduction activities in the area.

Approximately 10:05 p.m., Thursday, May 21 – A University student walking off campus on the sidewalk on Harper Avenue near 57th Street was approached by two suspects who implied they had a weapon - no weapon was seen. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone before fleeing southbound on Harper Avenue. The victim reported no injuries and declined medical attention.

Approximately 10:15 p.m., Saturday, May 23 – A University staff member walking off campus on Harper Avenue near 57th Street was followed into a private apartment building vestibule by two unknown suspects. The suspects demanded the victim’s property taking car keys, a wallet, and watch. After taking the victim’s property the suspects took the victim’s car and fled in an unknown direction. The victim reported no injuries and declined medical attention.

Approximately 9:20 p.m., Tuesday, May 26 – A University student walking off campus on Harper Avenue at 58th Street, was approached by two unknown suspects who implied they had a weapon – no weapon was observed. The suspects took the victim’s iPhone and wallet before fleeing southbound on foot. The victim reported no injuries and declined medical attention.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t resist an armed robbery. Avoid using cell phones or other electronics 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 University emergency phones. When possible, use public transportation. or the UCPD Safety Escort Program. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the police by activating an emergency phone or by calling UCPD when you get to a safe location.

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.
  • 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).