[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Friday, June 4, at approximately 6 a.m. UIC Police responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred at 501 S. Racine Ave. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, reported that he was approached by three male offenders with masks and hoods. A fourth offender was in a black Volkswagen SUV. The offenders demanded the victim’s wallet and cell phone and then fled northbound on S. Racine Ave. in the vehicle. The offenders are described as 18-20 years old, approximately 5’9” to 5’10” tall. The victim was not injured.

The vehicle used in the robbery was carjacked overnight. Another robbery, with a similar description of the offenders and vehicle, was reported in the area near 1125 W. Van Buren St. immediately after this incident. The Volkswagon SUV vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on W. Van Buren St.

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:

  • Report crime promptly to police at call 312-355-5555 for emergencies or 312-996-2830 for non-emergencies.
  • 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 carry large sums of money or display valuables in public.
  • Always use safe internet shopping practices.
  • Use the UIC Police station front lobby as a Safe Exchange Zone to carry out legal swaps, sales or purchases on campus, as well as make child custody exchanges. The Safe Exchange Zone is clearly marked in the first-floor lobby of the UIC Police Station.
  • Have keys ready and in your hand for immediate use when returning home.
  • Don’t resist an armed robber, Hand over whatever is demanded quickly and quietly.

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

UIC Annual Security Report
go.uic.edu/CleryReport

Chicago Police Department Statistics and Data
https://home.chicagopolice.org/statistics-data/

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