[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, at approximately 12:40 a.m. UIC Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery at 1313 S. Halsted St. While four victims were entering their vehicle, a black four-door BMW sedan pulled in front of them and parked. Four male offenders exited the sedan and instructed the victims not to move and demanded property. One offender then displayed a handgun and fired one round toward the victims. The offenders then fled southbound in their vehicle. There were no injuries reported in this incident and no proceeds were taken. The victims are not affiliated with UIC. Approximate crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/p5JWeTgEibwRPVdJ7 UIC Police offer the following security tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Use all your senses to be alert for danger, and when walking alone, don’t wear headphones or earbuds.
  • Don’t display valuables in public.
  • On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)
  • To contact the UIC Police, call 312-355-5555 for emergencies or 312-996-2830 for non-emergencies.
  • Report crime promptly to police.

Public safety advisories are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police may also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: http://emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/

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http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm Urgent notifications may be sent via both INSTANT TEXT MESSAGE (SMS) and URGENT mass e-mails. SMS messages — issued only in cases of immediate threat to health and safety, such as a tornado alert, or a major disruption to travel — are faster and more reliable than e-mail. The campus strongly recommends that you register your cell phone for SMS messages at http://sms.uic.edu