Emergency Information

Archived NIU Safety Bulletins


Fall 2014

Incident: Off Campus Attempted Robbery
Date Occurred: November 21, 2014
Location: 700 block North Annie Glidden
Details: At approximately 3:20 a.m. Friday, November 21, 2014 NIU Police received a report that an NIU student was the victim of an attempted robbery. The victim told police that the alleged incident occurred approximately 30 minutes earlier (2:50 a.m.) near the 700 block of N. Annie Glidden Road. The victim reported that he was approached by two males who asked what he had in his pockets and grabbed at the victim's clothing.  The victim said he kicked one of the suspects and fled the scene toward Stevenson Residence Hall. During his flight, the victim said he fell and scrapped his knee. The victim described the offenders as two African-American males. The first suspect is described as being approximately 6-0 in height and wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants and dark shoes. The second suspect is described as being 5-8 to 5-10 in height, wearing a navy blue hoodie, dark pants and shoes and had a white scarf around his mouth. Police continue to investigate the matter and there is no imminent threat to the campus and local community.   Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400, NIU Police at 815-753-1212 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).
Update: 12-4-14: After an investigation, the DeKalb Police Department determined that the subject fabricated the robbery report. He has been charged with Disorderly Conduct for making a false police report.


Incident: Off Campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: November 17, 2014
Location: 1200 block Varsity Boulevard
Details: At approximately 9:45 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 an NIU student reported to NIU Police that he was the victim of an armed robbery that the victim said occurred approximately 20 minutes earlier near Varsity Boulevard and N. Annie Glidden Road. The victim reported to police that he was approached by two males who threatened him with a weapon and demanded he give them his belongings. The victim complied with their demands, and gave the suspects a backpack that contained an laptop computer and approximately $60 in cash. The victim told police that he saw the suspects with a silver weapon as they fled the scene north on Pappas Drive toward the 7-11 store. The victim described the offenders as one tall African-American male and one short African-American male. The victim said each of the offenders wore black hoodies and had golden Timberland shoes. Police continue to investigate the matter and ask for the community to be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).
Update:  12-4-14: The DeKalb Police Department determined that the robbery report was false. The subject has been charged with disorderly conduct for making a false police report.


Incident: Authorities respond to Medical Emergency on Garden Rd
Date Occurred: November 05, 2014
Location: Garden Road near Barsema Hall
Details: At approximately 6:30 a.m., DeKalb and NIU authorities responded to a medical emergency on Garden Road after finding a male unresponsive in his vehicle. The area is not accessible to local traffic during the response and investigation. Please avoid the area.
Update: 11/5, 8:30 a.m. - Garden Road now open to traffic.


Incident: Downed power lines at westbound Lincoln Highway at Annie Glidden
Date Occurred: November 04, 2014
Location: Lincoln Highway (Rte. 38) at Annie Glidden
Details: Power lines are down, stopping traffic on Lincoln Highway westbound at Annie Glidden. Commonwealth Edison is on the scene. Please use an alternate route.
Update: 11/4, 7:15 p.m. - All lanes are open and power has been restored. 11/4, 4:43 p.m. - One westbound lane is now open.


Incident: Small Fires at NIU Founder’s Memorial Library
Date Occurred: November 04, 2014
Location: Founder's Memorial Library
Details: On Tuesday, November 4, NIU Police responded to Founder’s Memorial Library for two separate incidents involving small fires at 10:02 a.m. and 12:44 p.m.  There were no injuries, and the fires were extinguished immediately. NIU Police continue to investigate the matter and ask for the community to be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).


Incident: Incident on W. Dresser Rd.
Date Occurred: October 21, 2014
Location: 800 block of West Dresser Rd. in DeKalb
Details: At approximately 1:30 p.m., the City of DeKalb Police received a report from a male subject who claimed he was battered by another male on the bike path near the 800 block of West Dresser Road in between North Annie Glidden Road and DeKalb High School.  The victim told police he was battered by the assailant, and when the victim attempted to call the police via his mobile phone, the assailant knocked the phone from the victim's hands.    The victim described the assailant as a white male in his 30's with a beard wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.  The victim told police the assailant left the scene in an unknown direction.   DeKalb and NIU Police are seeking assistance from the community in identifying the assailant.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or the DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at (815) 895-3272.
Update: 10/21/14, 10 p.m.: DeKalb Police have announced that their investigation has determined that the incident did not occur.


Incident: Fire at Watson Hall
Date Occurred: September 29, 2014
Location: Watson Hall
Details: DeKalb Fire Dept. and NIU Police are at Watson Hall responding to a fire in a first floor bathroom. The building has been evacuated and the fire extinguished. There were no injuries at the scene. The building is expected to reopen for 2 p.m. classes.
Update: Watson Hall was re-opened at 1:35 p.m.


Incident: Aggravated Battery - 800 Block of Lucinda Ave.
Date Occurred: September 20, 2014
Location: 800 Block of Lucinda Ave.
Details: At approximately 12:03 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, NIU and DeKalb Police responded to the 800 block of Lucinda Avenue for a reported battery. The victim was assaulted by a group of approximately 10 males who were walking east on the south sidewalk. The victim, who was unable to describe the offenders, was transported to Kishwaukee Hospital.
Current Status: This case is open and currently being investigated by the DeKalb Police Department with the assistance of NIU Police.
Offender Description: Approximately ten African American males. Two were reported to have been wearing red shirts with blue jeans.
Update: The offender was arrested on Oct. 3, 2014.


Incident: Robbery (1000 Block of Blackhawk)
Date Occurred: August 09, 2014
Location: 1000 Block Blackhawk Drive, DeKalb
Details: At approximately 2:04 p.m. Saturday, NIU and City of DeKalb police departments were notified of a robbery that occurred near the 1000 Blackhawk Drive.  Officers responded to the scene and met with the victim. The victim related that he was approached by two unknown males riding on bicycles.  One of the unknown males asked the victim if he could use his cell phone. The victim agreed, voluntarily surrendering his cell phone to the unknown male.  When the victim requested his cell phone be returned the unknown male shoved the victim in the chest area then both of the unknown males fled the area on bicycles toward North Annie Glidden Rd. The victim was not injured during the incident.
Offender Descriptions: Suspect 1: Male, African American, 18-25 years of age, 5’7”, 130 - 145 lbs., no facial hair, wearing red shorts, tattoo of a star on his right arm, and tattoo of the word “Mob” on the left side of his chest.  Suspect 2: Male, African American, 18-25 years of age, 6’4”, 260 – 300 lbs, no facial hair, wearing a gray shirt
Safety Information: People receiving this message are advised to be alert and aware of their surroundings.  If you have any information related to this report, please contact the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212, the DeKalb Police at 815-748-8400, or DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or e-mail crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org.



Fall 2013

Incident: Off-Campus Altercation at Travel Inn
Date Occurred: November 01, 2013
Location: 1100 Block Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb
Details: Police are investigating an off-campus altercation involving a number of individuals at the Travel Inn, 1100 block of Lincoln Hwy., in DeKalb during the noon hour. Several people are in custody and are being questioned related to this incident.NIU Police indicate there is no immediate threat to the campus community.
Safety Information: Individuals with any information related to this report should call DeKalb Police at 815-748-8400, DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212, or e-mail crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org.
Updates: 11/2, 8:30 a.m.: As a result of an investigation, DeKalb Police have charged 12 individuals in association with Friday’s altercation at the Travel Inn.  The charges range from mob action to aggravated discharge of a firearm. The DeKalb City Police Department was assisted by Northern Illinois University Police, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Sycamore Police Department and the DeKalb County States Attorney’s Office. Read press release from the DeKalb Police Department for more details.


Incident: Statement regarding first responder activity on Carroll Ave.
Date Occurred: October 25, 2013
Location: 175 Normal Rd. (NIU Parking Deck) 175 Normal Rd. (NIU Parking Deck)
Details: At approximately 3:17 p.m. Kishwaukee Hospital confirmed the death of an unidentified white female in her late teens/early twenties, who fell in an apparent suicide from the Parking Deck at Carroll Avenue. First responder emergency personnel provided CPR on-site, and she was transported via ambulance to Kishwaukee Hospital. The victim was described as having brown hair, 120-130 lbs and wearing a multi-colored jacket and blue long sleeved shirt. Any individual with information on the incident should contact NIU police at 815-753-1212.
Update: 10/25, 6:35 p.m.: Respecting the family's request that NIU police not release the identify of the victim of this afternoon's apparent suicide, NIU can confirm that the victim is not an NIU student nor employed at the university. On behalf of the university, we extend our condolences to the family and our DeKalb community. At approximately 3:17 p.m.Kishwaukee Hospital confirmed the death of a female transported after an apparent suicide where she fell from the Parking Deck at Carroll Avenue. Counseling resources are available to NIU students, faculty and staff. To access NIU after-hours and weekend counselors, students should contact 815-753-1212, the non-emergency number for the NIU Police, and request to be connected to the student on-call counseling staff. During regular business hours, students should contact the NIU Counseling and Student Development Center located in the Campus Life Building, Room 200, 815-753-1206. Faculty and staff should contact the Employee Assistance Program located in the Holmes Student Center, Room 709, 815-753-9191.


Incident: Crane Drive Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: August 29, 2013
Location: 900 Block Crane Drive, DeKalb
Details: Approximately 9:51 p.m. Thursday evening an armed robbery occurred in the 900 block of Crane Drive near University Plaza. Two female NIU students reported to NIU Police that a male subject approached them on Crane Drive, displayed a hand gun and demanded that the victims give him their purses.The victims reported to police that the suspect then fled the scene, heading east toward Russell Road and then proceeding north on Russell Road toward Greenbrier Road. The victims reported to police no injuries resulting from the attack.
Offender Description: The offender is described as an African-American male, approximately 6-0 in height with a slender build and short-cropped hair. The offender reportedly was wearing a black shirt and long, dark blue basketball shorts.
Safety Information: People receiving this message are advised to be alert and aware of their surroundings. If you have any information related to this report, please contact the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at 815-748-8400, or DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or e-mail crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org.