Staying Safe

Security Alert: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Over the past several hours two apparently unrelated crimes have been reported to the Chicago Police Department in neighborhoods near campus:

At approximately 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 19 – A University student while at home in an off-campus private apartment on Ellis Avenue between 54th Street and 55th Street heard a noise in the kitchen and went to investigate. The victim was confronted by three unknown males who had entered the apartment via an unsecured rear door. One suspect displayed a handgun and ordered the victim to lay on the floor. The three suspects took property from the apartment and fled out of the rear door. The victim reported no physical injuries. Chicago police are investigating this crime.

At approximately 5:50 p.m., Wednesday, April 19 – An individual not affiliated with the University walking off-campus at 6200 South Drexel Avenue was approached by two unknown suspects who demanded his cell phone. The victim refused and was struck by one of the suspects who then took the cell phone and ran with his accomplice to a waiting dark colored sedan that sped westbound on East 62nd Street. The victim reported no physical injuries and declined medical attention. The Chicago Police Department is investigating this crime.


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).