[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Monday, March 8, at approximately 10:40 a.m. UIC and Chicago police responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred at 750 South Halsted St. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, told police he had been unloading mail at that location when he was approached by three males in a red Mitsubishi Outlander. One of the males displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The three males fled southbound and eastbound onto Roosevelt Road. The victim was not injured. As units were responding to that crime scene, a second call came from 1260 South Union Ave. with a report of an incident involving a vehicle matching the same description. As police arrived on the scene of the second incident, they were told by the complainant that he was parked in a vehicle when a male from the red Mitsubishi unsuccessfully attempted to lift the door handle to his vehicle which was locked. No weapon was displayed. The Mitsubishi then fled southbound on Union. The complainant in the second incident was a UIC employee who was not injured. The males are described as between 16 and 23 years old and wore black hoodies and black masks. Chicago police will be leading the investigation and police are searching for the offenders. Anyone with information should call 311.

Approximate crime locations mapped:

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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. Effective January 2021, the university will no longer routinely use race, ethnicity or national origin as a descriptor in public safety advisories. 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 Statistics and Data
https://home.chicagopolice.org/statistics-data/

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