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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.

Fall 2017

Incident: Off-Campus Strong-Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: August 19, 2017
Location: 810 Kimberly Drive

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, at approximately 11:40 PM, NIU Police received a report that DeKalb Police are investigating an off-campus strong-armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:22 p.m. in the area of 810 Kimberly Drive. The victim reported to police that he was involved in a physical altercation with the suspect who then proceeded to take personal property from him. 

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. No weapons were used or displayed. The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot in an unknown direction. The suspect was described as a dark skinned male, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, dred locks, wearing all black clothing.

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.

Incident: Community Awareness Bulletin: Assault in Downtown DeKalb Area
Date Occurred: August 07, 2017
Location: 100 block of South 7th Street, DeKalb

August 8, 2017 at 6:50 PM 
Community Alert shared from DeKalb Police Department


On Monday, August 7th, 2017, at approximately 12:45 pm, an adult female was walking south in the 100 block of South 7th Street in DeKalb when she was attacked from behind.  An unknown male grabbed the victim in a sexually explicit manner.  The male then fled on foot west bound, the victim did not sustain any injuries that required medical attention.  The Dekalb Police Department and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the scene and conducted a search of the area which included a police canine team.  The suspect was not apprehended and has not been identified at this time.  

The victim described the offender as a male African American, approximately 18 to 26 years old, 5’8” tall, slim build with a short haircut, and wearing a white t-shirt and khaki shorts. 

This suspect may be linked to other offenses in the central business district and we encourage our community to call the police to report any suspicious activity or crimes in progress immediately.  The investigation remains ongoing and if anyone has information regarding this suspect, please call the DeKalb Police Department at 815.748.8400.

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