Staying Safe

Security Alert: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The UCPD has become aware of two robberies that occurred off campus in the past two days in which a black Audi was used by the suspects:

At approximately 12:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 21 – A University student walking on the sidewalk off campus at 930 East 55th Street observed a black Audi 4-door sedan pull to the curb and two unknown subjects exited the car. One suspect displayed a handgun and announced a robbery. The victim handed over his book bag to the suspects who fled back to their car and drove northbound on Ingleside. The victim reported no physical injuries.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 22 – An individual not affiliated with the University parked their blue 2016 Hyundai Elantra off campus on South Kenwood Avenue between 48th Street and 49th Street when they saw an unknown suspect get out of a black Audi, run up to the victim’s car, pull open the door and pull the victim from the car. The suspect entered the car and drove off. A silver Honda Civic was seen driving off with the black Audi. The victim reported no physical injuries.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating both of these crimes. Both the Chicago Police Department and UCPD will have increased patrol coverage in the community over the holiday weekend.

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).