Crime Alerts

Crime alerts are issued in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) by Northwestern University Police. A Campus Crime Alert is posted when a Clery Act crime is reported to the University Police and the crime is considered to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. These crimes must have occurred within those areas of the campus that are specifically defined in the Clery Act (on campus property, non-campus property owned or controlled by the University or public property bordering campus). This information is typically disseminated to campus community members via email and notification on the University homepage and the University Police website.

Below is an archive of crime alerts from the past year. Select a Crime Alert to review related incident information. Visit the Safety Tips web page for information on a variety of crime prevention topics.

DateCampusIncident
10-07-2016EvanstonRobbery and Harassment/Intimidation
07-10-2016EvanstonArmed Robbery
05-12-2016EvanstonBattery
02-02-2016EvanstonHome Invasion

Robbery and Harassment/Intimidation

Evanston, 10-07-2016

10/27/2016 Update - A suspect in the Robbery incident was arrested. Police are continuing efforts to identify the other two suspects.

Photos of the suspects who early in the morning of Friday, Oct. 7 allegedly robbed a Northwestern University student after confronting him at Sheridan Road and Noyes Street are posted below. Please contact the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

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At 1:47 a.m. Friday, October 7, 2016 the Evanston Police Department notified Northwestern Police that a Northwestern student was the victim of a robbery and another student was the victim of harassment and intimidation on the CTA Purple Line in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 7.

In the first incident a male student reported that two men approached him at the Noyes Street CTA station sometime between midnight and 1:00 a.m. The suspects demanded he walk with them to an ATM on campus where he was unable to withdraw money and then back to the Noyes Street CTA station, where he withdrew money from an ATM and gave it to them. The suspects fled on foot up to the CTA platform.

In the second incident, two males in their teens approached a Northwestern student while he was riding on the CTA Purple Line near the Main Street station and intimidated him in an effort to get money. No weapon was displayed in either incident. Neither of the students required medical attention.

In both incidents offenders were described as two males in their teens wearing hooded sweatshirts. One had a faint moustache and wore a dark blue hoodie and gray headphones. The other was described as having a dark complexion, wearing a white hoodie and ripped jeans. A more complete description of the offenders could not be obtained.

The Northwestern University Police Department advises all community members to be alert when traveling on or off campus and on the CTA, especially at night. The Northwestern shuttle bus service provides transportation to areas both on and off campus every night until 3 a.m. In addition, SafeRide provides free rides at night.

Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police by calling 847-491-3456 or Evanston Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. Contact the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.


Armed Robbery

Evanston, 07-10-2016

On Sunday, July 10, 2016 at about 10:10 p.m., the Subway store at 1551 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, was robbed by one offender armed with a handgun. The store employee, who was the only person present, reported that a male, wearing a grey hoodie and light colored jeans and armed with a silver colored handgun robbed the store of cash. The offender was last seen by the employee leaving the store on foot northbound on Sherman Avenue. The employee called 911 and Evanston Police responded to the scene. A search for the offender was conducted by Evanston Police and University Police but was unsuccessful. There were no injuries reported. ‬

‪The Northwestern University Police Department advises all community members to be alert when traveling on or off campus, especially at night. Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police or Evanston Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. ‬

Contact the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

Battery

Evanston, 05-12-2016

A student resident of Allison Hall on the Evanston campus called police at 4:30 p.m. today to report that an unknown male entered her residence hall room. A verbal altercation took place, and the man fled. She followed and confronted him, and a second altercation took place in which she was physically battered. The suspect also stated: "I'll shoot you." The student reported no physical injuries and that no weapon was displayed.


* Update - The offender involved in this incident has been identified and arrested. *
University Police are investigating the incident. The suspect was described as a black male approximately 6 feet tall, estimated to be in his late 30's or early 40's, weighing approximately 210 pounds, with a bald head, no facial hair and medium complexion. He was wearing a green sweatshirt and bluejeans. He was carrying a gray backpack.
Batter suspect: 5-12-2016 incident

Police urge campus resident to report any suspicious activity and not to allow unknown individuals access to the residence halls.

The Northwestern University Police Department advises all community members to be alert when traveling on or off campus, especially at night. Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police or Evanston Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone.

Contact the Northwestern University Police Department at 847-491-3456 or the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

Home Invasion

Evanston, 02-02-2016

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at about 2:00 a.m., two Northwestern students were the victims of a home invasion at their residence in the 600 block of Clark Street in Evanston. The students reported that a man broke a window in the rear door to their second floor apartment in order to gain entry. The man threatened them, saying he had a weapon, but no weapon was displayed. The students were not injured. The offender took two laptops, two wallets and a book bag from the apartment before leaving.

The students called 911 and both Evanston Police and University Police arrived on the scene. A search for the offender was conducted by both departments but was unsuccessful.

The offender was described as a male wearing dark clothing and a stocking cap. A more detailed description could not be obtained.

The Northwestern University Police Department advises all community members to be alert when traveling on or off campus, especially at night. Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police or Evanston Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone.