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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 2017

Incident: Off-Campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: April 27, 2017
Location: Huskies Tobacco at 1023 W. Hillcrest
Details:

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, NIU Police received a report that DeKalb Police are investigating an off-campus, armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:50 a.m. at 1023 W. Hillcrest.

The victim reported to police that a suspect entered Huskies Tobacco with a weapon and took money. No one sustained injuries from the incident.

The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot, headed eastbound on Hillcrest. The suspect is described as follows: 

  • Male, dark skinned, approximately 5’10”, 200 lbs. wearing a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored pants and dark-colored bandana.

No other information is available at this time.

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.


Incident: Vehicle Break-Ins
Date Occurred: April 26, 2017
Location: NIU Parking Lots W, O and X
Details:

The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety is urging members of the campus community to take the following steps to protect themselves against auto burglary

  • Make sure your vehicle is secured by keeping windows up and doors locked.
  • Place valuable items out of sight in your trunk or glove box.
  • When possible, park in busy, well-lit areas.

The warning comes after a recent rash of five car burglaries in NIU Parking Lots W, O, and X. In each instance, thieves shattered car windows and stole items from the cars.

If you have any information related to these incidents or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the NIU Department of 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 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.


Incident: Off-Campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: April 24, 2017
Location: 919 Ridge Drive
Details:

On Monday, April 24, 2017, NIU Police received a report that DeKalb Police are investigating an off-campus armed robbery that occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m. in the area of 919 Ridge Drive.

The victim reported to police that he was approached by two males, one of whom hit him in the head with an unknown object. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. The suspects took personal property from the victim and were last seen fleeing the area on foot, headed southbound. They are described as follows: 

  • Male, dark skinned, approximately six (6) feet tall, short hair, wearing a light blue shirt and mask
  • Male, dark skinned, wearing a mask and a dark, hooded sweatshirt.

No other information is available at this time.

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.


Incident: Phone issues affecting 911 service, NIU landlines
Date Occurred: April 19, 2017
Location: DeKalb and NIU phone lines
Details:

UPDATE - 4/20/17

As of this morning, 911 emergency service – for both NIU and DeKalb – is back to normal operation for all users. The root causes of yesterday’s 911 outage, as well as difficulties dialing out from campus, were all traced to two cell-phone providers and the issues have been resolved.


ORIGINAL BULLETIN

A series of outages is affecting 911 emergency phone services for some in the city of DeKalb and on the NIU campus.

Customers of U.S. Cellular and Verizon cell phone services, and some users of VoIP phone services, cannot reach 911 emergency operators for either the City of DeKalb or NIU. Those impacted who find themselves in need of emergency assistance should call from a landline or (if on campus) dial 815-753-1212.

Police are working with the telecommunications companies to correct the problem as soon as possible. An update will be provided when 911 service has been restored to normal operations.

In a related issue, landline phones at NIU are currently unable to connect to any phone number that requires a user to dial an area code. DoIT is working to correct the problem.



Incident: Off-Campus Criminal Sexual Abuse
Date Occurred: April 14, 2017
Location: 300 Block Grove Street
Details:

UPDATE

4/18/17 - From DeKalb Police Department

A suspect has been apprehended in this case. Christopher M. Hamer, 32, of Arlington, Ill, was arrested Sunday, April 16 by the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant issued by the City of DeKalb Police. He has been charged with criminal sexual abuse.


ORIGINAL BULLETIN

The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety were notified of a criminal sexual abuse that occurred off-campus on Friday, April 14, 2017 at approximately 8:15 p.m.

The female victim reported that she was groped by a male suspect while being transported by a commercial ride service to an off-campus location.

The suspect was driving a dark colored, 4-door vehicle and dropped the victim off in the 300 block of Grove Street in DeKalb. The suspect then departed the area in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as follows:

  • Male with light complexion, approximately 5’10”, 240 pounds.

Police continue to investigate the incident and advise the community to be aware of your surroundings.

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.

For more information on sexual assault resources at NIU, please visit http://www.niu.edu/sexualviolenceresources/

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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