[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Nov. 17 at approximately 8 p.m., UIC Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at 1100 S. Wood St. A UIC employee reported that while walking southbound on the sidewalk outside of the parking garage, a black BMW with no license plates approached with three male offenders inside. One of the offenders approached with a handgun, pressed it against the victim’s stomach, and took the victim’s purse and cell phone. The offenders then fled, heading south on Wood St. in the BMW. The victim was not injured.

The first offender, who displayed the handgun, was described as wearing a blue hoodie. The second offender, who drove the BMW, was described as wearing a red hoodie. No description was provided for the third offender.

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

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