[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Sunday July 5 at approximately 8:20 p.m., UIC Police responded to a report of a vehicular hijacking at 1000 S. Damen Ave. an off campus location on a city street.  The victim, who is not UIC affiliated, stated that he was approached by two offenders while in his vehicle. The offenders implied they had a weapon and demanded the victim's white 2007 Chrysler Town and Country Van. The offenders, described as two black males, fled southbound on Damen Avenue in the vehicle. One wore black clothing and the other wore white clothing. The offenders were both wearing bandannas that covered a portion of their faces. There were no reported injuries. 

 Chicago Police will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call 311.

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 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 valuables in public.
–On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)
–To contact the UIC Police, call (312) 355-5555 for emergencies or (312) 996-2830 for non-emergencies.
–Report crime promptly to police.

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. 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: http://emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/

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