[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Monday, March 15, at approximately 8:30 p.m., UIC Police responded to a report of an attempted vehicular hijacking that occurred at 1700 W. Roosevelt Rd. Chicago Police and UICPD officers met with the victim, who reported that while traveling westbound on Roosevelt Rd., an unknown red four-door vehicle with tinted windows approached the victim’s car while in traffic. A male offender exited the red vehicle, implied that he had a weapon and attempted to take the victim’s vehicle. The offender was unsuccessful in his attempt and the victim fled in her vehicle, flagging down a Chicago Police Officer who provided assistance. The male offender is described as wearing a white, red and black jacket. The driver of the offender’s vehicle is described as female. The offenders fled in an unknown direction. There are no reported injuries and the victim is not affiliated with UIC.

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

Approximate crime location 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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