Staying Safe

Security Alert Update: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Subsequent to a thorough investigation by the Chicago Police Department and the University of Chicago Police Department, including viewing surveillance camera footage of the location of the alleged vehicular hijacking reported on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 1328 East 61st Street, it was determined the incident did not occur in the manner that was reported by the complainant and no robbery/carjacking took place. CPD has classified the case as unfounded and the matter will be closed. The individual who initiated the report has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report. The reported incident was the subject of a previous security alert:

  • 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
  • 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.

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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).