[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

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.
  • Remember the suspect(s)’ description and their vehicle description (if they have one).
  • Avoid verbal/physical confrontations. 
  • Lock all doors immediately after you are in the vehicle.
  • Be prepared to exit the vehicle promptly when arriving at your destination.
  • Do NOT program your home address into your GPS.
  • Give up your car and avoid verbal/physical confrontations.

On Tuesday, May 3, at approximately 6:09 p.m., UIC Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle hijacking at 940 W. Harrison St. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, exited his red Toyota Camry (IL license plate 338614) which was left running, when a black BMW sedan occupied with four offenders pulled up next to the vehicle. One of the offenders exited the BMW, displayed a black handgun, entered the victim’s vehicle, and fled eastbound on Harrison St. The offenders were described as males, wearing black hooded sweatshirts, thin built, between 20-25 years of age. The victim was not injured.

The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call 311.Approximate crime location mapped:

    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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