[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Thursday, Sept. 30, at approximately 1:30 a.m., UIC Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery that occurred at 951 S. Wolcott St. The victim, a UIC contracted employee, reported that two offenders drove up next to her while she was standing near her vehicle. The driver of the newer model white Honda Civic instructed the passenger to “get her money and her keys,” and the passenger approached the victim. The victim defended herself and the offenders fled the area northbound in their vehicle without the victim’s belongings. The victim was not injured. The first male offender is described as 20 to 25 years old, wearing a black hoodie and black mask. The second male offender is described as 20 to 25 years old, wearing a white hoodie and black mask.

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

Approximately 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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