Report a Crime

All Northwestern community members and guests are encouraged to promptly report criminal incidents, suspicious activity and emergencies to University Police. Don't assume that someone else has reported the incident. Any delay in reporting a crime greatly reduces the chances of apprehending the offender.

If it is an emergency, dial 911.

Emergency Police “Blue Light” telephones (call boxes) are situated in strategic locations on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses to quickly reach University Police to report crimes, suspicious activity, medical emergencies or concerns about your personal safety.

Incidents may also be reported in person at the Chicago (211 E. Superior Street) or Evanston (1201 Davis Street) police stations.

For non-emergencies:

847-491-3456 (or dial 456 from any campus phone)
847-467-7883 (TDD)

312-503-3456 (or dial 456 from any campus phone)
312-503-3999 (TDD) 

As available / applicable, be prepared to provide University Police with the following information:

  • Person's last known location and direction of travel.
  • Description of the offender including gender, race, age, height, weight, hair color, tattoos, scars, etc.
  • What made the person's actions suspicious?
  • Did the person say anything? If so, what?
  • Did the person appear intoxicated?
  • Were any weapons displayed or was there threat of a weapon?
  • If a vehicle is involved, the vehicle make, model, color and license plate number.

Tell the officer all the information you know. As circumstances warrant, University Police will remove unauthorized persons from the property, issue criminal trespass warnings or make arrests.

Campus Security Authority (CSA) - Crime Reporting
Are you a Campus Security Authority? As part of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Act (Clery Act), CSAs have an obligation to promptly report Clery Act qualifying crimes.   
The intent of including non-law enforcement personnel in the CSA role is to acknowledge that some community members and students in particular may be hesitant about reporting crimes to the police, but may be more inclined to report incidents to other campus-affiliated individuals. For more information on CSAs, including crime reporting responsibilities or to report a crime using the CSA Crime Report form, see the CSA web page.