Staying Safe

Security Alert: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

During a short time span two robberies have been committed. Their location and the number of suspects suggests a possible pattern.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 31 – An individual not affiliated with the University walking in the courtyard of a private apartment complex off campus on S. Drexel Avenue between 52nd Street and 53rd Street was approached from the rear by three unknown males and one unknown female. One of the suspects struck the victim with a bottle. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and wallet and fled on foot. The victim received medical assistance on the scene from Chicago Fire Department EMS. The Chicago Police Department is investigating this crime.

At approximately 10:45 p.m., A University student walking on the sidewalk at 55th Street and Drexel Avenue was approached from the rear by three unknown males and one unknown female, one of whom implied a weapon – no weapon was seen. One suspect struck the victim while the others took the victim’s cell phone and wallet. The four suspects fled northbound on Ingleside Avenue. The victim refused medical attention.


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).