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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.


Summer 2016

Incident: Off-Campus Bank Robbery
Date Occurred: July 22, 2016
Location: 2707 Sycamore Road, DeKalb
Details:

On Friday, July 22, 2016, at approximately 4:30 p.m., NIU Police received information that a bank robbery occurred at the Fifth Third Bank at 2707 Sycamore Road. Witnesses reported the offender displayed a black handgun and was last seen running west.

The offender is described as a dark skin male, with a bald head, muscular build, 6 foot 2 inches, 220 pounds, carrying a werewolf mask, wearing white-leather work gloves, long-sleeve blue shirt, heavy work style boots, and blue jeans.

Police have established a perimeter around the location and NIU police are on site at the NIU Monsanto location as a precaution. 

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident.  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: Car Burglary Prevention
Date Occurred: July 15, 2016
Location: DeKalb Area
Details:

The DeKalb area has been experiencing a rash of car burglaries recently. To protect your belongings, the NIU Police Department suggests that you take the following precautions.

  • 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.
  • If possible, park in busy, well-lit areas.

As always, if you see something suspicious, call the police. Don't wait!



Incident: Pokemon Go Safety Tips
Date Occurred: July 14, 2016
Details:

With the popularity of Pokemon Go, the NIU Police would like to remind the community of the importance of staying safe while still enjoying this form of entertainment. 

As in many communities across the country, the game Pokémon Go has become a popular source of entertainment. Individuals playing the game should always use caution to insure their own safety, as well as the safety of others.

Below are safety tips we urge individuals to keep in mind when playing Pokémon Go:

  1. Don’t  play the game when operating a motor vehicle or bicycle.
  2. Never park or stop your vehicle on a roadway to play.
  3. Do not enter restricted areas, such as construction sites, locked buildings or other areas. Entry into these sites could result in injury or arrest.
  4. Stay within public areas that are well lit and visible to other people. Never venture alone into unfamiliar areas. There have been reports of the application being used in other communities to lure robbery victims.
  5. When walking, regularly look up from your phone and stay aware of your surroundings.
  6. If playing during the heat of the day, protect yourself from the sun and stay hydrated!
  7. If you see something, say something! Report any criminal or suspicious activity you encounter.



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