Security Alert: January 24, 2009

To: Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Members
From: Chief Rudy Nimocks, University of Chicago Police Department

Chicago and University police are investigating a series of robberies that have occurred in or around the Metra train station at 63rd Street and Dorchester Avenue. On three separate occasions between November 29, 2008, and January 22, 2009, a man armed with a knife robbed or attempted to rob lone women. The incidents occurred between 6:55 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Safety tips:

  • Avoid isolated bus or train stops, especially at times when few other people are around.
  • If a person confronts you and demands your money or possessions, give what is demanded and create a safe distance.

  • Use public transportation options: free bus service and umbrella service.
  • If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the Chicago Police Department (911) or the University of Chicago Police Department—123 from a University phone or 773.702.8181 from other phones.
  • More safety and security information is available at the University’s Safety & Security website
  • Security Alerts are based on information that has been reported to the University of Chicago Police. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Alert was issued. Security Alerts 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.
  • Comments or suggestions relating to security related issues should be sent to
  • PLEASE NOTE: The University of Chicago Police patrol area boundaries are 39th Street on the north to 64th Street on the south /Cottage Grove to Lake Shore Drive (39th to 60th )/Evans to Stony Island (61st to 64th Street).