Staying Safe

Security Alert: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

UCPD has become aware of the following two armed robberies that occurred off campus. Their location and method of operation suggests a pattern:

At approximately 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 31 – A University student walking on the sidewalk off campus at 5461 S. Cornell Avenue was approached by an unknown individual who exited a gray sedan, displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s property. After taking the property, the suspect reentered the vehicle that drove off. The victim reported no physical injuries.

At approximately 8:55 p.m., Tuesday, October 31 – A University student walking off campus at 5633 S. Kenwood Avenue was approached from the rear by an unknown individual who displayed a handgun and took a cell phone and wallet from the victim before fleeing to a waiting gray sedan that drove eastbound on 57th Street. The victim reported no physical injuries.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating both of these crimes.


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).