[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.
  • 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.


On Wednesday, March 13, at approximately 7 a.m. UIC Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at 1100 S. Ashland. Three plumbing contractors reported that while in the loading dock of the listed location they were approached by three offenders. One of the offenders displayed a black handgun and demanded property. A second offender also implied that he was armed. The victims complied and a third offender took the victims' property. The offenders are described as males, approximately 5 feet, 4 inches to 5 feet, 6 inches tall, wearing dark clothing and masks. The offenders fled southbound on Ashland in a black Jeep. The victims were not injured.

The vehicle is described as a Black Jeep Grand Cherokee with the rear passenger-side window broken, possible IL Registration Plate – V275933

UIC Police will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call 312-996-2830. 

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