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Current NIU Safety Bulletins

NIU Police and Public Safety provides information on crimes that have recently occurred in the campus area so that you may take the appropriate precautions. An NIU Safety Bulletin is issued in accordance with a federal law requiring colleges and universities to disclose information about crime in the vicinity of campus to both aid in the prevention of similar crimes and to assist in the identification of offenders.

NIU Safety Bulletins are based on information that has been reported to Northern Illinois University Police and Public Safety. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Safety Bulletin was issued. Safety Bulletins will be issued via e-mail and posted to our website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in NIU Safety Bulletins only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.


Spring 2016

Incident: Attempted Robbery – Lucinda Ave and Stadium Drive East
Date Occurred: April 28, 2016
Location: Lucinda Ave & Stadium Drive East
Details:

NIU Police are investigating an attempted robbery that took place at approximately 3:20 p.m., Thursday, April 28, on Lucinda Ave. near Stadium Drive East.

The victim reported that two male subjects approached the victim on foot while walking westbound on Lucinda Avenue. During the encounter one of the male subjects unsuccessfully attempted to pull the victim’s wallet that was secured by a lanyard to the victim. The two male subjects fled the area on foot eastbound on Lucinda Avenue. No injuries occurred as a result of this incident.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect 1: Dark brown skinned male, approximately 6’3”, slim build, 20-25 years old, with afro-style hair, facial hair on the top lip, wearing jeans, gray sweater, and diamond studded earrings.

Suspect 2: Light brown skinned male, approximately 6’3”, slim build, 20-25 years old, wearing a gray sweater.

The NIU Police Department continues to investigate the incident. Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area. Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at (815) 753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at (815) 753-TIPS (8477).

Safety Tips and Resources:

Our campus, our community. 

The Northern Illinois University campus is a safe one, but a large university campus and its surrounding community will not be crime free. NIU and DeKalb Police and other partner law enforcement agencies work together to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs. You, too, play a very important role in keeping our campus and community safe. 

  • Be alert, and trust your instincts. Be aware of your surroundings.  If a situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.  Contact police if something looks suspicious or out of place. Any information, no matter how small, can contribute to preventing a crime.
  • Watch out for each other. Be an active bystander. Call 911 immediately if you or someone else is in danger.
  • If you hear or see a fire alarm, leave the building immediately. Just because you cannot see flames or smoke does not mean you are safe – a fire or other hazard could be in another part of the building and rapidly spread to where you are.

Please take a moment to review the Campus Safety resources below to stay informed and keep yourself and others safe on and off campus.

Stay Safe
Learn how to protect yourself from crime on and off campus.

Use Our Safety Services
From transportation to safety classes, take advantage of the programs we have to protect your safety.

Read Our FAQs
Get your questions answered about how NIU manages campus safety.

Report Your Concerns
Report areas on campus that need attentions.

Meet Our Police Officers
Get to know a few members of our highly trained campus police force.

Emergency Information
Subscribe to campus safety bulletins and find emergency information.

About Safety Bulletins: NIU Safety Bulletins are based on information that has been reported to Northern Illinois University Police and Public Safety. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Safety Bulletin was issued. Safety Bulletins will be issued via e-mail and posted to our website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in NIU Safety Bulletins only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.


Incident: NIU Police Telecommunications Issues
Date Occurred: April 23, 2016
Location: NIU Campus
Details:

UPDATE:

April 25, 12:50 PM

NIU Police and Public Safety has confirmed that department non-emergency phone services have been restored.

The non-emergency phone number for NIU Police is 815-753-1212.

Emergency calls should be directed to 911.

NIU's campus call box system is currently being tested to confirm full functionality.


ORIGINAL NOTIFICATION:

April 23, 7:07 PM

NIU Department of Police and Public Safety is currently experiencing a temporary problem with its telecommunications system.

The technical difficulties are affecting the NIU Police non-emergency phone number and all campus emergency call boxes.

An alternative phone number for non-emergency calls to NIU Police has been established while technicians address the current telecommunications problem.

The non-emergency number for the NIU Police Department is 815-748-4339.

All emergency calls should continue to be directed to 911.

The university community will be notified when the issue with the NIU Police non-emergency phone number and campus call boxes has been reconciled.

Safety Tips and Resources:

Our campus, our community. 

The Northern Illinois University campus is a safe one, but a large university campus and its surrounding community will not be crime free. NIU and DeKalb Police and other partner law enforcement agencies work together to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs. You, too, play a very important role in keeping our campus and community safe. 

  • Be alert, and trust your instincts. Be aware of your surroundings.  If a situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.  Contact police if something looks suspicious or out of place. Any information, no matter how small, can contribute to preventing a crime.
  • Watch out for each other. Be an active bystander. Call 911 immediately if you or someone else is in danger.
  • If you hear or see a fire alarm, leave the building immediately. Just because you cannot see flames or smoke does not mean you are safe – a fire or other hazard could be in another part of the building and rapidly spread to where you are.

Please take a moment to review the Campus Safety resources below to stay informed and keep yourself and others safe on and off campus.

Stay Safe
Learn how to protect yourself from crime on and off campus.

Use Our Safety Services
From transportation to safety classes, take advantage of the programs we have to protect your safety.

Read Our FAQs
Get your questions answered about how NIU manages campus safety.

Report Your Concerns
Report areas on campus that need attentions.

Meet Our Police Officers
Get to know a few members of our highly trained campus police force.

Emergency Information
Subscribe to campus safety bulletins and find emergency information.

About Safety Bulletins: NIU Safety Bulletins are based on information that has been reported to Northern Illinois University Police and Public Safety. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Safety Bulletin was issued. Safety Bulletins will be issued via e-mail and posted to our website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in NIU Safety Bulletins only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.


Incident: Off-Campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: April 20, 2016
Location: Moraine Terrace at Russell Road
Details:

At approximately 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016, NIU Police were made aware of an off-campus armed robbery that occurred at approximately 3:20 a.m. at the intersection of Moraine Terrace and Russell Road.

The female victim reported to DeKalb Police that she was robbed at gunpoint by three individuals. The suspects took a cell phone and keys from two victims before fleeing the area southbound in a gold-colored SUV. No one was injured during the incident.

The suspects were described as dark skinned males wearing hooded sweatshirts covering their faces. No additional descriptors are currently available.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this incident.

If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the DeKalb Police Department at (815) 748-8400 or NIU Police and Public Safety at (815) 753-1212. Witnesses may remain anonymous by calling (815) 753-TIPS (8477). In an emergency, please call 911. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the police by activating an NIU emergency call box on campus or by calling NIU Police or DeKalb Police when you get to a safe location. 

Safety Tips and Resources:

Our campus, our community. 

The Northern Illinois University campus is a safe one, but a large university campus and its surrounding community will not be crime free. NIU and DeKalb Police and other partner law enforcement agencies work together to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs. You, too, play a very important role in keeping our campus and community safe. 

  • Be alert, and trust your instincts. Be aware of your surroundings.  If a situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.  Contact police if something looks suspicious or out of place. Any information, no matter how small, can contribute to preventing a crime.
  • Watch out for each other. Be an active bystander. Call 911 immediately if you or someone else is in danger.
  • If you hear or see a fire alarm, leave the building immediately. Just because you cannot see flames or smoke does not mean you are safe – a fire or other hazard could be in another part of the building and rapidly spread to where you are.

Please take a moment to review the Campus Safety resources below to stay informed and keep yourself and others safe on and off campus.

Stay Safe
Learn how to protect yourself from crime on and off campus.

Use Our Safety Services
From transportation to safety classes, take advantage of the programs we have to protect your safety.

Read Our FAQs
Get your questions answered about how NIU manages campus safety.

Report Your Concerns
Report areas on campus that need attentions.

Meet Our Police Officers
Get to know a few members of our highly trained campus police force.

Emergency Information
Subscribe to campus safety bulletins and find emergency information.

About Safety Bulletins: NIU Safety Bulletins are based on information that has been reported to Northern Illinois University Police and Public Safety. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Safety Bulletin was issued. Safety Bulletins will be issued via e-mail and posted to our website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in NIU Safety Bulletins only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.



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