[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Monday, Sept. 7, at approximately 5:20 a.m. UIC Police received a report of an armed robbery in the 1400 block of S. Union Ave. Two UIC employees were sitting in a parked vehicle on S. Union Ave. when a dark-colored sedan approached their vehicle with headlights off. The passenger of the sedan exited the car, displayed a black handgun and demanded the personal property of the victims. The driver of the sedan also exited the sedan and the two offenders gathered robber proceeds from the victims. The offenders, who are described as two black males wearing COVID-precaution face coverings, then entered their vehicle and fled southbound on Union Ave. The victims were not injured.

The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call 311.

Approximate crime location mapped: goo.gl/maps/kfw6vsiCMWchpuf5A

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: emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/

UIC Annual Security Report www.clery.uic.edu

Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents 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 an 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 sms.uic.edu