[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Sunday October 24, at 3:59 a.m. UIC police responded to 1079 West Taylor Street for a report of an armed robbery in front of Al’s Beef restaurant. A victim who is not affiliated with the university stated he was approached by three male offenders wearing ski masks. The victim said two of the offenders displayed handguns and demanded his property. The victim stated that he handed over his cell phone and the offenders fled east on Taylor Street in an unknown vehicle. The victim was not injured and was unable to provide any descriptions. The Chicago police department is the lead agency in the investigation.

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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