Security Alert: May 9, 2009

To: Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Members
From: Marlon C. Lynch, Associate VP for Safety and Security

Saturday, May 9—Police are investigating a series of robberies that have occurred in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood community. On four occasions between May 5 and May 9, a man armed with or implying he had a hand gun robbed lone individuals walking on the street. In each case the offender carried a blue bag. The incidents have occurred between 8:55 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Three of the robberies occurred in the area of 49th Street to 52nd Street and Ellis Avenue to Kimbark Avenue.

Chicago and University of Chicago police are adding coverage to address this series of crimes.

There is safety in numbers. I encourage you to walk with a companion, if possible.

The Chicago Police and University of Chicago Police are working together to prevent further violence in the area. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use the Safe Ride service, University bus system, or UCPD Umbrella service


  • Use public transportation options: free bus service, SafeRide, 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 ucpd-pio@uchicago.edu
  • 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).