Dear campus community member:

We would like to inform you of crimes which have recently occurred in the campus area so you have the information you need to take the appropriate precautions. This message alone is not necessarily an indication that crime rates on campus have increased or that a pattern of crime has emerged. For a more comprehensive look at crime in your area, please visit

The Champaign Police Department requested today that we notify you of four recent incidents, all of which occurred in similar areas just off-campus:

  • At 11:44 p.m. Jan. 31 in the 300 block of East Clark Street, a man was hit in the head from behind by an offender with a rock.
  • At 10:55 p.m. Jan. 27 in the 200 block of South Fourth Street, a woman was approached by two men, one of whom struck her in the face and took her belongings. No weapon was seen.
  • Around 8 p.m. Jan. 24 in the 200 block of East White Street, an offender put his arm around a man’s neck and demanded money. No weapon was seen.
  • At 10:49 p.m. Jan. 17 in the 300 block of East Springfield Avenue, a man grabbed a woman’s purse and fled. A second man knocked the woman to the ground from behind. No weapon was seen.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Champaign Police Department at 217-351-4545. Witnesses may remain anonymous by calling Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 (373-TIPS) or by visiting Anonymous tips may also be sent via text message by texting keyword "CCTIP" plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls to Crime Stoppers are electronically stripped of caller ID information and are answered by a third-party service, not the police.

The University of Illinois Police Department has a full complement of officers patrolling the campus area, and we are fortunate to have our force supplemented by the Urbana and Champaign police departments. Between these agencies, the Urbana campus is one of the most highly-patrolled areas in the region. More than 1,000 security cameras are posted around campus to deter crime and identify offenders.

This is our community. Let's stay together.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus is a very safe one, but a community of our size will never be crime-free. U. of I. Police and its partner law enforcement agencies work hard to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs, but you play the most important role in keeping our campus community safe. 

  • Stay together. Do not walk alone at night. Travel in groups and in well-lit areas. Call 217-333-1216 for a SafeWalks escort if you need one, or download the app for iOS or Android.
  • Be alert, and trust your instincts. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Call police if something looks odd — we're happy to assist, and even the smallest bit of information could prevent another crime.
  • Watch out for each other. Call 911 immediately if you or someone else is in danger. The University encourages students to take appropriate action to protect others’ safety by reducing students’ fear of legal or disciplinary consequences to the victim or themselves. For more information, please review the Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan procedures.
  • If you choose to consume alcohol, please be responsible. Remember your ability to respond is diminished by overconsumption of alcohol.

Please take a moment to review these resources we have made available to keep you informed, and consider liking UIPD on Facebook, following us on Twitter or subscribing to our news feed to receive regular updates.

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