Staying Safe

Security Alert: Thursday, March 17, 2016

At approximately 1:45 p.m., Thursday, March 17 – An individual, not affiliated with the University, was approached by 4 unknown individuals while standing on the sidewalk off-campus at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue, near the Metra station. After a brief struggle, one of the suspects grabbed the victim’s purse and ran northbound on Lake Park Avenue with his companions. The victim reported no injuries. Chicago police are investigating.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t resist an armed robbery unless absolutely necessary. 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.  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. For more information about safety and security on campus, please visit uchicago.edu/safety. Use the UCPD Safety Escort Program.


  • 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).