Staying Safe

Security Alert: Monday, November 27, 2017

UCPD has become aware of two robberies that occurred off campus in the past three days in which the method of operation and location suggests a pattern:

At approximately 2:35 p.m., Saturday, November 25, A University student walking in the parking lot in the rear of an apartment complex off campus at 1617 East 50th Place, noticed a dark colored SUV driving close to her when an unknown person reached out of the passenger’s side window, grabbed her iPhone and then attempted to grab her purse. The victim fell to the ground, but managed to hang onto the purse as the vehicle drove away. The victim declined medical attention.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 27, An individual, not affiliated with the University, standing at a bus stop off campus at Hyde Park Boulevard and South Cornell Avenue, saw a dark colored vehicle pull to the curb next to her when a passenger in the vehicle reached out of the passenger’s side window and grabbed her purse. The victim attempted to hang onto the purse and was dragged a short distance when the vehicle drove off. The victim suffered a minor injury to her hand and was treated on the scene by Chicago Fire Department EMS, but declined additional medical treatment.

Although the Chicago Police Department is investigating these crimes, UCPD has increased presence in the area.

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.
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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).