[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Thursday, Dec. 16, at 5:58 p.m. UIC Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle theft at 1900 W. Taylor St. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, reported being approached on foot by two offenders while getting into their vehicle. The offenders demanded the victim’s vehicle and the victim complied. The offenders fled east on Taylor St. and south on Wood St. in the victim’s vehicle, a black Audi SUV. One offender was described as male, approximately 20-29 years old, short, with a thin build, and wearing a puffy jacket with red coloring. No description was provided for the other offender. No threats or injuries were reported.

Shortly after, at 5:59 p.m., the UIC police officers on scene received and responded to a report of an attempted motor vehicle theft at 1150 S. Wood St. The victim, a UIC employee, reported being approached while at a stoplight by an offender who arrived in a black Audi SUV that was closely followed by a black sedan. The offender demanded the keys to the victim’s vehicle. The victim refused and drove away in their vehicle, believing the offender may have had a weapon. No injuries were reported.

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

Approximate crime locations 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.
  • Never leave your car running unoccupied.
  • Always lock your car doors when you exit.
  • Attempt to park in an area that is well-lit and open to public view.
  • Consider installing an auto burglar system.

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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