Following is information about recent serious crimes on and around campus, along with safety tips. Crime statistics are available at http://commonsense.uchicago.edu/crime-info.html and http://www.chicagocrime.org/.
At 12:49 a.m., Friday, November 23, on Kimbark Avenue near 57th Street, two men were walking when two other men came from behind, displayed handguns, demanded and took the victims’ valuables, and fled. Police are investigating.
- Avoid walking very late at night or in the early morning hours.
- If you do walk late at night, use the SafeRide van service (available after 10 p.m. by calling 773-702-2022) or call the University Police (773-702-8181) and request umbrella coverage, through which a University police car will come and follow you as you walk from one location to another.
- Avoid walking alone and in areas that are deserted. Stay on well-lighted streets. Avoid cutting through parks, alleys, and vacant lots.
- When walking, remain alert to other pedestrians and slow-moving cars or parked cars that are occupied. Avoid using a cell phone or listening to your earphone-equipped audio device, which can make you less aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid carrying laptops and other valuable objects.
- Use discretion when talking or walking with strangers.
- If you think that you are being followed, or feel uneasy by someone you see, act upon your feelings. Cross the street, change directions, go to a public space where others are present, or use an emergency phone to contact the University Police.
- Learn where emergency phones are located along the routes you travel http://commonsense.uchicago.edu/phone-map.html.