[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Wednesday, Jan. 12, at approximately 10:15 p.m., UIC Police responded to a Chicago Police Department call of a motor vehicle theft with a firearm at 716 W. Maxwell St. that occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m. UIC Police toured the area and located cameras that captured the incident. The victim’s vehicle, a rented gray Chrysler 300, was unattended and running when two male offenders entered the vehicle and drove away, heading west. The offenders, who had arrived in a blue 2017 Infinity vehicle, were described as male. The victim, who is not known to be affiliated with UIC, reported the offenders were armed. No injuries were reported. 

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

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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/

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