Public Safety Advisory

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 1:50 a.m. a UIC student was the victim of an armed robbery that occurred near 1023 West Vernon Park Pl. The victim reported that he was approached by four or five black males while he was crossing the street walking southbound. One of the offenders displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded his backpack, cellphone and wallet. The victim surrendered his personal items and the offenders then fled west on Vernon Park Pl. in a gold sedan, possibly a Honda, with no license plate. The offenders were wearing masks, approximately 25-30 years old. The victim was not injured.

The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 311.

Approximate crime location mapped:

UIC Police offer the following security tips:

--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 display electronic devices in public.
--Try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark.
--Use well-lit walkways.
-- On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)

Public safety advisories are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police 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. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at:

UIC Annual Security Report

Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents

Urgent notifications may be sent via both INSTANT TEXT MESSAGE (SMS) and URGENT mass e-mails. SMS messages -- issued only in cases of immediate threat to health and safety, such as a tornado alert, or a major disruption to travel -- are faster and more reliable than e-mail. The campus strongly recommends that you register your cell phone for SMS messages at
Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:57 AM