Staying Safe

Security Alert: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Within the past eight hours, UCPD and CPD have responded to the following three robberies of which the two most recent incidents appear to be related:

At approximately 3:25 p.m., Tuesday, March 21 – A University Laboratory student inside the vestibule of an off-campus private apartment building on East Madison Park between Woodlawn Avenue and Dorchester Avenue, opened the door to an unknown male and female. The male suspect implied he had a weapon (no weapon seen or displayed) and demanded the victim’s iPhone. The victim surrendered his phone to the suspects who then fled on foot southbound on Woodlawn Avenue then eastbound on 51st Street. The victim reported no physical injuries.

At approximately 9:20 p.m., Tuesday, March 21- A University student walking in the rear alley off campus at 5454 S. Shore Drive was approached by two unknown suspects, one armed with a chrome handgun. The suspects took the victim’s iPhone and wallet before fleeing southbound on foot. The victim reported no physical injuries.

At approximately 10:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21 – A University student about to enter a private apartment building off campus on South Kimbark Avenue between 51st Street and 52nd Street was approached by two unknown suspects, one armed with a chrome handgun. The suspects took a cell phone and a wallet from the victim before fleeing southbound on foot. The victim reported no physical injuries.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating all three cases.


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).