[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Saturday, March 2nd at approximately 0520 a.m. UIC Police took a walk in report of an armed robbery at 1316 South Halsted. A UIC student reported that he was walking Northbound when he was approached by 2 offenders who displayed the handle of black handgun and demanded property. The offenders are described as both males, approximately 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall, a thin build, wearing all dark black clothing, and one had a black hat. The victim handed the offenders his wallet.  The offenders fled southbound on Halsted and Westbound on Maxwell Street. The victim was not injured.  The victim did walk to a friend's residence and then came to the police station which was the delay in reporting.  

The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call CPD 311 or UICPD at 312-996-2830.


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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/

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