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Archived NIU Safety Bulletins


Fall 2016

Incident: Off-Campus Shooting
Date Occurred: August 21, 2016
Location: John Street and Locust Street, DeKalb
Details:

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Police responded to the off-campus area of John Street and Locust Street for the report of Shots Fired. While searching the area, officers later received a report that an individual, who is not affiliated with the university, was driven by a friend to Kishwaukee Hospital for a gunshot wound. 

Police have additional patrols in the area and are interviewing several individuals regarding this incident. Police ask that the community stay clear of the area.  DeKalb Police continue to investigate this 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.  

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: Off-campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: August 20, 2016
Location: 1000 block of Regent Road, DeKalb
Details:

At approximately 4:45 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016, NIU Police were made aware of an off-campus, armed robbery that occurred at approximately 1:42 a.m. in the 1000 block of Regent Road.

The male victim reported to DeKalb Police that he was robbed by one individual. The suspect approached the victim, presented a handgun and took personal property before fleeing the area in an unknown direction in a red color vehicle with tinted windows. The victim was not injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as follows:

Male, approximately 20 years old, dark brown skin color, mustache, wearing a black t-shirt with white writing, and a black hat. No other information is available at this time.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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: Off-campus Robbery
Date Occurred: August 02, 2016
Location: 700 block of Russell Road, DeKalb
Details:

At approximately 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2016, NIU Police were made aware of an off-campus robbery that occurred at approximately 7:40 p.m. in the 700 block of Russell Road.

The female victim reported to DeKalb Police that she was robbed by six individuals. The suspects pushed the victim to the ground and took a wallet before fleeing the area westbound on foot. The victim was not injured during the incident.

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect 1: Male, brown skin color, white pants, underwear and shoes.

Suspect 2: Female, brown skin color, black t-shirt and pants, with black and pink flip flops.

Suspect 3: Female, brown skin color, and a pink shirt.

Suspect 4: Female, brown skin color, black shirt and pants, and grey shoes. 

Suspect 5: Female, brown skin color, and a pink shirt. 

Suspect 6: Male, brown skin color, blue shorts, no shirt, wearing shoes without socks. 

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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.



Summer 2016

Incident: NIU Police Telecommunications Issues
Date Occurred: July 29, 2016
Location:

NIU Campus

Details:

UPDATE

4:45 p.m., July 29, 2016

NIU Police Department phones and campus emergency call boxes have been restored to full functionality.

ORIGINAL BULLETIN

3:00 p.m., July 29, 2016

The The NIU campus is currently experiencing a temporary problem with its telecommunications system. The technical difficulties are affecting the NIU Police non-emergency phone number and all campus emergency call boxes. An alternative phone number for non-emergency calls to NIU Police has been established while technicians address the current telecommunications problem.

All emergency calls should continue to be directed to 911.

The non-emergency number for the NIU Police Department is 815-748-4339.

The university community will be notified when the issue with the telephony service and campus call boxes has been reconciled.



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.


Incident: Severe Weather Advisory
Date Occurred: June 22, 2016
Location: NIU DeKalb campus and all satellite campuses
Details:

Please be aware that, according to the National Weather Service, NIU’s main campus in DeKalb and all of our satellite campuses fall within an area that is at risk of severe weather late this afternoon until midnight. Potential risks include heavy rains (up to 2 inches an hour), winds that may exceed 50 mph for a brief period of time, large hail and tornadoes. Forecasters estimate that the greatest potential for severe weather in and around DeKalb falls between 5 and 8 p.m.

Those worried about encountering a storm while traveling home are encouraged to leave early.

Whether on campus or off, please keep an eye on the weather for your own safety.  If you have access to a weather radio please make sure the volume is turned up so that you can hear the latest bulletins. The storms causing these conditions are moving at 45 mph, meaning that should very severe weather erupt there will not be a lot of time to react.  If severe weather hits while you are on campus, know in advance the safest place to go in your building – typically basements and windowless interior rooms offer the greatest protection.

For a comprehensive list of storm safety reminders consult the NIU Weather web site.

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.


Incident: Verizon phone service issues
Date Occurred: June 13, 2016
Location: NIU Campus
Details:

UPDATE

June 14, 1:20 PM

NIU Police Department phone system has been restored to full functionality.

ORIGINAL BULLETIN

June 13, 8:35 PM

NIU Police have been made aware that individuals with Verizon phone service are experiencing difficulty completing calls to the NIU Police Department, for both emergency (911) and non-emergency (815-753-1212) calls. Technicians are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue. If you require police assistance, use a non-Verizon cell phone or a landline to contact the NIU police. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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.



Spring 2016

Incident: Attempted Robbery – Lucinda Ave and Stadium Drive East
Date Occurred: April 28, 2016
Location: Lucinda Ave & Stadium Drive East
Details:

NIU Police are investigating an attempted robbery that took place at approximately 3:20 p.m., Thursday, April 28, on Lucinda Ave. near Stadium Drive East.

The victim reported that two male subjects approached the victim on foot while walking westbound on Lucinda Avenue. During the encounter one of the male subjects unsuccessfully attempted to pull the victim’s wallet that was secured by a lanyard to the victim. The two male subjects fled the area on foot eastbound on Lucinda Avenue. No injuries occurred as a result of this incident.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect 1: Dark brown skinned male, approximately 6’3”, slim build, 20-25 years old, with afro-style hair, facial hair on the top lip, wearing jeans, gray sweater, and diamond studded earrings.

Suspect 2: Light brown skinned male, approximately 6’3”, slim build, 20-25 years old, wearing a gray sweater.

The NIU Police Department continues to investigate the incident. Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area. Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at (815) 753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at (815) 753-TIPS (8477).

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: NIU Police Telecommunications Issues
Date Occurred: April 23, 2016
Location: NIU Campus
Details:

UPDATE:

April 25, 12:50 PM

NIU Police and Public Safety has confirmed that department non-emergency phone services have been restored.

The non-emergency phone number for NIU Police is 815-753-1212.

Emergency calls should be directed to 911.

NIU's campus call box system is currently being tested to confirm full functionality.


ORIGINAL NOTIFICATION:

April 23, 7:07 PM

NIU Department of Police and Public Safety is currently experiencing a temporary problem with its telecommunications system.

The technical difficulties are affecting the NIU Police non-emergency phone number and all campus emergency call boxes.

An alternative phone number for non-emergency calls to NIU Police has been established while technicians address the current telecommunications problem.

The non-emergency number for the NIU Police Department is 815-748-4339.

All emergency calls should continue to be directed to 911.

The university community will be notified when the issue with the NIU Police non-emergency phone number and campus call boxes has been reconciled.

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: Off-Campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: April 20, 2016
Location: Moraine Terrace at Russell Road
Details:

At approximately 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016, NIU Police were made aware of an off-campus armed robbery that occurred at approximately 3:20 a.m. at the intersection of Moraine Terrace and Russell Road.

The female victim reported to DeKalb Police that she was robbed at gunpoint by three individuals. The suspects took a cell phone and keys from two victims before fleeing the area southbound in a gold-colored SUV. No one was injured during the incident.

The suspects were described as dark skinned males wearing hooded sweatshirts covering their faces. No additional descriptors are currently available.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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: Off-Campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: April 05, 2016
Location: 919 Ridge Drive, building #4
Details:

UPDATE:

4/13/16- The DeKalb Police Department has identified the individual responsible for this crime.  This case is now closed.  


ORIGINAL NOTIFICATION:

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at approximately 8:04 p.m., police from NIU and the City of DeKalb responded to a report of an off-campus armed robbery that occurred at 919 Ridge Drive, outside building #4.

The victim reported that at about 8 p.m. he was delivering food when he was approached from behind by a male suspect displaying what appeared to be a handgun. The suspect took food from the victim and then fled the scene heading southwest on foot. No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a male, approximately 5’06” tall, wearing black pants and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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
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Use Our Safety Services
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Read Our FAQs
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Report Your Concerns
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Meet Our Police Officers
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Emergency Information
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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: Founders Library closed until 7:30 a.m. Monday, April 4
Date Occurred: April 03, 2016
Location: Founders Memorial Library
Details: At approximately 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3, Founders Memorial Library was evacuated due to a fire alarm. The fire department inspected the building but found no evidence of fire and determined that the alarm was triggered by a faulty sensor. In order to make repairs, the alarm system had to be shut off and the building cannot be reopened until that process is complete. The library will reopen Monday, April 4, at 7:30 a.m.


Incident: Report of Shot Fired
Date Occurred: March 14, 2016
Location: Holmes Student Center - Bus Turnaround
Details:

UPDATE:

Police from Northern Illinois University and the City of DeKalb have arrested and charged three men in connection with an altercation on the campus Monday, March 14, 2016.  The university is currently on spring break this week and almost no NIU students were on campus at the time of the incident.

The suspected shooter was identified as Malique Cunningham, 20, last known address 900 Crane Dr., DeKalb. Cunningham was charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Mob Action.   Also charged with Mod Action in the incident were Devon A. Williams, 22, of 2329 W. Monroe, in Chicago, and Devonte Thomas, 19, of 493 E. Hillcrest, DeKalb.

None of  the individuals involved in the incident are affiliated with the university.

All three are currently in custody at the DeKalb County Jail.


ORIGINAL NOTIFICATION:

At approximately 9:15 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016, NIU and DeKalb Police responded to a report of a shot fired adjacent to the Holmes Student Center. Witnesses reported hearing a single gunshot near the west side of the exterior of the building on Carroll Avenue. The suspects were last seen fleeing on foot away from campus northbound from Lucinda Avenue toward Russell Road. There are no reported injuries from this incident.

 The suspects are described as:

  • One male with light brown skin, 16-20 years of age, medium-height, medium-build, wearing a dark green hooded rain jacket and grey sweater.
  • One male with dark skin, 16-20 years of age, medium-height, medium-build, wearing a grey knit cap, blue jacket, grey jeans and black shoes.
  • One male with dark skin, 16-20 years of age, medium-height, medium-build, wearing an orange camouflage jacket with a black cap and blue jeans.
  • One male with dark skin, 16-20 years of age, medium-height, medium-build, wearing all black with a hooded sweater, black jacket, black jeans and black and white shoes.

Police have two suspects in custody and continue to investigate. At the time of this notification there is no imminent threat to safety of the campus or to the surrounding community resulting from this incident.

If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the NIU Police Department at (815) 753-1212 or the DeKalb Police Department at (815) 748-8400. 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
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Emergency Information
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UPDATE:
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: Off-Campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: February 26, 2016
Location: 1200 block of Blackhawk Road
Details:

At approximately 10:04 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2016, NIU Police were notified of an off-campus armed robbery that occurred near the 1200 block of Blackhawk Road. The male victim reported to Police that he was approached by two individuals, one of whom hit him in the face with a handgun. The suspects took the victims cell phone and fled from the scene (unknown direction) in a dark colored Nissan. The victim received a laceration to his face during the incident.

The male suspect with the handgun is described as a dark-skin male, wearing a ball cap, a hooded sweatshirt, and grey sweatpants. No other identifiers of him or the second suspect are available at the time of this report.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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: Off-Campus Shooting
Date Occurred: February 25, 2016
Location: In the Area of 10th and Pleasant Street
Details:

UPDATE Feb. 26, 2016: The subsequent investigation by DeKalb Police indicated that the incident was prompted by an argument involving several individuals. Police arrested two suspects, a 16-year-old male and a 19-year-old male. The 16-year-old juvenile was identified as the shooter and is charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm and Mob Action. The male juvenile is currently incarcerated at the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center.

The 19-year-old suspect, Christian Contreras, was charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm and Mob Action. Contreras was transported to the DeKalb County Jail where he is currently incarcerated.

The investigation into this shooting continues. The DeKalb Police Department would encourage anyone having information regarding this case to contact our Detective Division, Crime Stoppers, or utilize “I Watch” app on your smart phone if you have any information.
Original Bulletin:

At about 3:41 p.m., Thursday, February 25, NIU and DeKalb Police responded to the area of 10th Street and Pleasant Street, approximately two miles from the NIU campus, for a report of shots fired. Police are searching the area for a suspect described as a male, light brown complexion with a black and red hooded sweatshirt and black sweat pants.

At the time of this notification there is no known connection of the incident to NIU and no imminent threat to safety of the campus. 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: Off-Campus Shooting
Date Occurred: January 30, 2016
Location: 1076 Ridge Rd in DeKalb
Details:

At about 3:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, NIU and DeKalb Police responded to a shooting at 1076 Ridge Road in DeKalb. The suspect was described as a male with dreadlocks wearing a blue puffy coat. He fled the scene in a four-door Pontiac with three other individuals. Police are searching the area.

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. Don’t be a 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: Off-Campus Attempted Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: January 20, 2016
Location: 900 block of Greenbrier Road
Details:

On January 20, 2016, at 1:27 a.m., the NIU Police were notified of an off-campus attempted armed robbery that occurred at approximately 1 a.m. in the 900 block of Greenbrier Road. The male victim reported to police that he was walking northwest on Greenbrier Road when three male subjects approached him and one said, “give us all your stuff,” and displayed a knife.

The three suspects struck the victim in the face and body with closed fists and knocked him to the ground. As the victim stood up, the offenders fled southbound from Greenbrier. No property was taken from the victim, who received a laceration to his hand during the encounter.

The suspects are described as a male, 5’10”, wearing a black North Face jacket and ski mask; a male, 5’08”, wearing a black North Face jacket and a black ski mask; and a male, 5’08”, wearing a blue jacket and black ski mask. No other identifiers were available at the time of this report.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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. Don’t be a 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: Off-Campus Home Invasion
Date Occurred: January 19, 2016
Location: 800 Block of Spiros Court
Details:

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at approximately 5 a.m., the NIU Police were notified of an Off-Campus Home Invasion that occurred in the 800 block of Spiros Court. The victims reported to police that two male subjects forced their way into the victims' apartment, displayed a handgun and took a laptop computer. The victims were not injured during this encounter. The offenders fled the apartment complex in an unknown direction. 

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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. Don’t be a 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.



Fall 2015

Incident: Off-Campus Armed Robbery - 809 Kimberly Dr
Date Occurred: December 20, 2015
Location: 809 Kimberly Drive
Details:

UPDATE – DEC. 23, 2015 - DeKalb Police reported Wednesday, Dec. 23, that they have arrested Reginald L. Washington, 23, of the 800 block of Kimberly Drive, DeKalb, in connection with this incident. Washington confessed to robbing the driver at gunpoint the previous Sunday. Washington is charged with armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Original Bulletin: At approximately 6:35 p.m. Sunday, December 20, 2015, NIU Police were notified of an off-campus armed robbery that occurred at 809 Kimberly. The male victim reported to DeKalb Police that he was delivering food to an apartment complex on Kimberly Drive when an individual approached the victim, pointed a handgun at him and demanded cash. The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash from the victim and then the victim fled on foot from the scene. The victim was not injured during the incident. 

The male suspect is described as a dark-skin male, skinny build, black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, and a white hospital type mask. No other identifiers are available at this time. 

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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. Don’t be a 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: Off-Campus Home Invasion
Date Occurred: December 10, 2015
Location: 1100 block of Varsity Blvd.
Details:

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, at approximately 10:42 a.m., the NIU Police were notified of an off-campus Home Invasion that occurred in the 1100 block of Varsity Boulevard at 9:00 a.m. The male victim reported to police that a subject followed him into his apartment and displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s phone and wallet.  The victim was not injured during this encounter.  The offender proceeded to leave the apartment complex and fled to the northeast. 

The male suspect is described as a dark skinned male in his early 20s, with dreadlock hair and a goatee, approximately 6’0”, 160 pounds, and wearing black clothing with a black and gray Columbia type winter jacket.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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. Don’t be a 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: Off-Campus Robbery - 900 block of N. Annie Glidden Road
Date Occurred: November 03, 2015
Location: 900 Block N. Annie Glidden Road
Details:

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at approximately 12:33 a.m., the NIU Police were notified of an off-campus robbery that occurred in the 900 block of North Annie Glidden Road. The female victim reported to police that she was walking southbound when a male subject approached her from behind and said “Hi.” As the victim turned around the suspect knocked her cell phone from her hand. As she attempted to retrieve it, the suspect punched her in the mouth, took the victim’s phone and ran toward Varsity Boulevard where he entered a red SUV and fled the area. No weapons were displayed during this encounter.

The male suspect is described as an African-American male in his early 20’s, 5’ 5” in height. heavyset and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with black pants. No other identifiers are available at the time of this report.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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. Don’t be a 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: Off-Campus Robbery – 400 Block of N. Annie Glidden Rd.
Date Occurred: October 29, 2015
Location: 400 Block N. Annie Glidden Road
Details:

On Friday, October 30, 2015, at approximately 5:20 p.m., NIU Police were made aware of an off-campus robbery that occurred on Thursday, October 29 in the 400 Block of North Annie Glidden Road near University Plaza.  The male victim reported to police that he was walking south on N. Annie Glidden Road between 10:15 to 10:30 p.m., Thursday when the victim was approached by a man who displayed a handgun and told the victim to hand over his belongings.  The victim gave the suspect a phone, wallet and a black hooded sweatshirt. According to the victim, the suspect took the victim’s belongings and then ran northeast toward University Plaza.  

The victim described the suspect as a dark-skin male, approximately 6’-2” in height, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with tan cargo type pants. The victim stated to police that the suspect appeared to be 19 to 25 years of age and had a deep raspy voice. No other identifiers are available at the time of this report.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this incident.

If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately by activating an NIU emergency call box or contacting the DeKalb Police Department at (815) 748-8400 or NIU Police and Public Safety at (815) 753-1212 when you get to a safe location. Witnesses may remain anonymous by calling (815) 753-TIPS (8477).  In an emergency, please call 911.

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. Don’t be a 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: Off-Campus Robbery - 900 Crane Drive
Date Occurred: October 25, 2015
Location: 900 Crane Drive
Details:

On Sunday, October 25, 2015, at approximately 10:23 p.m., the NIU Police were made aware of a robbery that occurred at 900 Crane Drive near University Plaza. The male victim reported to police that upon returning to his vehicle after making a food delivery, a male subject approached the victim from behind and took money that the victim possessed in his hand. The suspect fled the area in a southwest direction towards North Annie Glidden Road. The victim was not injured during the encounter and no weapons were displayed.

The male suspect is described as approximately 6’-0” in height, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with either light colored sweatpants or jeans. No other identifiers are available at the time of this report.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this incident.

If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately by activating an NIU emergency call box or contacting the DeKalb Police Department at (815) 748-8400 or NIU Police and Public Safety at (815) 753-1212 when you get to a safe location. Witnesses may remain anonymous by calling (815) 753-TIPS (8477). In an emergency, please call 911.

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. Don’t be a 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: Off-Campus Robbery - 926 Greenbrier Road
Date Occurred: October 12, 2015
Location: 926 Greenbrier Road
Details: UPDATE – OCT. 15, 2015 -  DeKalb Police have determined that Monday evening’s alleged robbery at 926 Greenbrier was a false report.
Original Bulletin:

On Monday, October 12, 2015, at approximately 9:00 p.m., the NIU Police were made aware of a robbery that occurred at 926 Greenbrier Road. The female victim reported to police that at approximately 8:50 p.m. she was walking on the sidewalk when she was approached from behind by a female individual.  The suspect reached into the female victim’s sweater and took money and headphones from the victim.  The suspect fled the area eastbound towards Russell Road.  The victim was not injured during the encounter.

The female suspect is described as being approximately 5’5” in height, black skin color, thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, black leggings and tan boots. 

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this incident.

If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately by activating an NIU emergency call box or contacting the DeKalb Police Department at (815) 748-8400 or NIU Police and Public Safety at (815) 753-1212 when you get to a safe location. Witnesses may remain anonymous by calling (815) 753-TIPS (8477).  In an emergency, please call 911.

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. Don’t be a 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: Bomb Threat
Date Occurred: October 08, 2015
Location: NIU Campuses
Details:

UPDATES:

11:30 PM - As of about 11 p.m., all residence halls at Northern Illinois University had been searched, determined to be safe and reopened to students. Police will work through the night to inspect and clear the remainder of campus buildings and all classes are expected to be held as usual Friday. 

10:48 PM - Stevenson North and Stevenson South are clear. Residents of Stevenson Complex may return to their buildings. Buses will be waiting outside of entrance 5 at the convocation center. 

10:16 PM - Northern View Residence Hall is clear. Residents may return to their building. Buses will be waiting outside of entrance 5 at the convocation center. 

10:00 PM - The Rockford Campus is all clear. The campus will be closed for the rest of the evening.

9:48PM - Neptune Complex is clear. Residents of Neptune Complex may return to their building. Buses will be waiting outside of entrance 5 at the convocation center. 

9:44 PM - Gilbert Hall is clear. Residents of Gilbert Hall may return to their building. Buses will be waiting outside of entrance 5 at the convocation center. 

9:40 PM - New Hall is clear. Residents of New Hall may return to their building. Buses will be waiting outside of entrance 5 at the convocation center. 

9:29 PM - Grant North residence hall is clear. Residents of Grant North may return to their building. Buses will be waiting outside of entrance 5 at the convocation center. 

8:57 PM - The Hoffman Estates Campus is all clear. The campus will be closed for the rest of the evening.

8:51 PM - The Naperville Campus is all clear. The building will be closed for the rest of the evening.

8:47 PM - The Holmes Student Center is clear. Individuals may return to the HSC. Buses will be waiting outside entrance 5 of the Convocation Center.

8:33 PM - Statement: NIU cancels classes, activities after bomb threat

8:12 PM - Students on NIU campus please proceed to the Convocation Center until the remainder of campus is clear.

7:52 PM - Convocation Center is secured. The previously planned basketball event is continuing as scheduled at 8:30 p.m.

7:08 PM - Please evacuate all NIU branch campuses until further notice. Everyone can report to the convocation center or they can return to their homes.

6:59 PM - All NIU classes and events are cancelled for tonight. All students and staff on campus should report to the Convcation Center.

Original Alert:

The university has received a bomb threat. All buildings need to be evacuated immediately. Occupants need to stay beyond 500 feet of campus buildings.

No additional information is available at this time. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.



Incident: Off-Campus Robbery - 800 Block Spiros Court
Date Occurred: October 07, 2015
Location: 800 Block of Spiros Court
Details:

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at approximately 11:10 p.m., the DeKalb Police Department notified NIU Police of a robbery that occurred in the 800 block of Spiros Court. The male victim reported to police that at approximately 10:47 p.m. he was walking on the sidewalk when he was approached by two male individuals.  One of the males that the victim encountered punched the male victim in the face and took the victim’s wallet.  The suspects fled the area in an unknown direction.  The victim was not injured during the encounter.

The male suspects are described as being in their early 20’s of age, between 5’7” – 5’9” in height and were wearing black hooded sweatshirts and blue bandanas around their mouths. 

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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. Don’t be a 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: Emergency Call Box Outage
Date Occurred: September 25, 2015
Location:

NIU Campus

Details: UPDATE: As of 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, the Emergency Call Box system on the campus of Northern Illinois University is once again operating normally and is available for use by anyone on campus needing to report an emergency situation.
Original Bulletin:

As of about 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, an electrical problem has temporarily disabled the Emergency Call Box system on the campus of Northern Illinois University. While this situation is addressed, police have increased patrols on and around campus. If you have an emergency requiring police assistance please dial 911. For non-emergency help, call (815) 753-1212 or (815) 753-1148.

If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the police by calling the numbers above when you get to a safe location. 

As always, please do the following to help ensure your safety:

  • Stay alert to your surroundings at all times.
  • Avoid using cell phones or other electronics while on the street.
  • When walking, try to walk with a group or have a friend walk with you.
  • Use the NIU Huskie Safe Line
  • Use the NIU Campus Walk Safe Escort Program
 For more information about safety and security on campus, please visit www.niu.edu/publicsafety/


Incident: Social Media Threat
Date Occurred: September 25, 2015
Details:

On Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, NIU police received information about an inflammatory posting on social media that was suspected to be against NIU students. The social media post contained a screen shot of threatening language that was circulated through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

NIU Police conducted an investigation that revealed the social media posting was related to an incident at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., and has no connection to Northern Illinois University students, faculty, staff and the DeKalb campus.

At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this incident. Durham Police in North Carolina are investigating the incident.

Anyone seeking more information about this incident can contact NIU Police and Public Safety at (815) 753-1212.



Incident: Off-Campus Robbery - Greenbrier and Russell Rds.
Date Occurred: September 23, 2015
Location: Greenbrier Rd. and Russell Rd.
Details:

UPDATE - SEPT. 24, 2015 - The DeKalb Police have arrested one of the offenders and continue to investigate the robbery.

Original Bulletin:

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at approximately 9:40 p.m., NIU Police were notified by the DeKalb Police Department of a robbery that occurred at the intersection of Greenbrier and Russell Roads. The male victim reported to police that at approximately 9:35 p.m. he was walking on the sidewalk when he was pushed to the ground by two male subjects who took the victim’s mobile phone. The suspects fled the area on foot east bound on Greenbrier. The victim was not injured during the encounter. The victim stated that both males were in their mid 20’s and one was wearing a blue shirt, while the other was wearing a black jacket. The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. At this time, there is no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community resulting from this 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 and anonymously at (815) 753-TIPS (8477). In an emergency, call 911.  

If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the police by activating an NIU emergency call box or by calling NIU Police or DeKalb Police when you get to a safe location.

Safety Tips and Resources:
  • Stay alert to your surroundings at all times.
  • Avoid using cell phones or other electronics while on the street.
  • When walking, try to walk with a group or have a friend walk with you.
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of NIU emergency call boxes.
  • Use the NIU Huskie Safe Line
  • Use the NIU Campus Walk Safe Escort Program

 For more information about safety and security on campus, please visit www.niu.edu/publicsafety/

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: Attempted Robbery – 900 Stadium Drive
Date Occurred: September 07, 2015
Location: 900 Stadium Drive – Near Graham Hall
Details: On Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, at approximately 9:20 p.m., NIU Police were notified of an attempted robbery that occurred in the 900 block of Stadium Drive near Graham and Gabel Hall. The victim reported to police that at approximately 8:20 p.m. she was preparing to cross the street when her purse was grabbed by one male subject. The subject was unsuccessful in taking away the purse from the victim. After an altercation, the suspect fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.  The victim sustained abrasions to her knee and described the suspect as an African-American male wearing a black hoodie with grey drawstrings, approximately 6’0” 180 – 200 pounds, with a mark on his left hand similar to a birthmark or pigment discoloration. The NIU Police Department continues to investigate the incident. Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area. Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at (815) 753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at (815) 753-TIPS (8477).


Incident: Off-Campus Shooting
Date Occurred: September 06, 2015
Location: 901 Regent Dr., DeKalb
Details:

UPDATE - Oct. 23, 2015 - 

DeKalb Police Investigators have been investigating this incident since September 6, 2015. The investigators have conducted interviews, reviewed video surveillance, executed numerous search warrants and used other investigative tools/techniques during this investigation. The suspect shooter was identified.

The investigation was reviewed by the DeKalb County States Attorney’s Office and charges were approved. On October 22, 2015, arrest warrants were issued for Tristen Dortch, Maurice Garner and Pervis Bonds.

DeKalb Police Detectives, DeKalb’s Targeted Response Unit and members from the Elgin Police Department arrested Tristen Dortch and Maurice Garner in Elgin Illinois last night without incident.  Dortch and Garner were transported to the DeKalb County Jail.

Tristen Dortch, 24 years of age, Elgin Illinois was charged with Attempt First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery. Dortch’s bond was set at $1,000,000, 10% to apply.

Maurice Garner, 18 years of age, Elgin Illinois was charged with Obstructing Justice.  Garner’s Bond was set at $100,000, 10% to apply.

Pervis Bonds, 23 years of age, from Elgin was not located and still currently wanted for Obstructing Justice.

The investigation into this shooting continues.  Contact the DeKalb Police Department, Crime Stoppers or I Watch if you have information in regards to this shooting.

Original Bulletin:

DeKalb and NIU Police responded to reports of an off-campus shooting Sunday, Sept. 6, at 3:16 AM at 901 Regent Drive. Two males were shot by an unknown male who fled the scene. Both victims were conscious and transported to the hospital. The offender is described as a an African American male, 5’6” tall with dreadlock hair, wearing a white T-Shirt and jeans.  Police have additional patrols in the area and are interviewing several individuals regarding this incident. Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior.

Individuals with any information related to this report should call DeKalb Police at 815-748-8400, DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212, or e-mail crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org.



Incident: Community Awareness Bulletin: Off-Campus Attempted Sexual Assault
Date Occurred: September 05, 2015
Location: 1000 Block of West Lincoln Highway - DeKalb
Details:

On September 9, 2015, NIU Police were made aware of an attempted sexual assault that occurred off campus on September 5th, at 2:00 AM at the 1000 block of West Lincoln Highway.  The non-student victim described the offender as an African-American male in his 20’s, approximately 5’5”, with a short afro hairstyle. He was wearing a blue and white striped shirt, black pants and gray shoes. DeKalb and NIU Police have implemented additional patrols in the area and ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior. This incident continues to be under investigation by the DeKalb Police Department.

Individuals with any information related to this report should call DeKalb Police at 815-748-8400, DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212, or e-mail crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org.

Safety Tips and Resources:

Follow these tips to keep yourself and others safe on and off campus.

  • When walking at night, walk in well-lit areas with companions or take advantage of the Huskie Safe Line Service or Huskie Patrol escorts.
  • Attend a class to learn what you can do to lessen your vulnerability to crimes like sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.
  • Report any criminal behavior to the NIU Police or DeKalb Police
  • Call 815-753-TIPS (8477) to provide information that may help the police solve crimes; your call will remain anonymous. Tips that result in an arrest or university judicial action are eligible for a cash reward of up to $250.
  • Learn the location of Community Safety Centers and Emergency Assistance Call Boxes.
  • Make wise decisions regarding alcohol use and other risky behaviors.

Comprehensive coordination of victim/survivor services:

  • Victim Advocacy Services located in Campus Life Building, room 200   815-753-1206 

Medical treatment:

Counseling and emotional support:

  • Safe Passage (DeKalb County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Center) 815-756-5228


Incident: Off-Campus Robbery - 800 Spiros Ct. – SEE UPDATE BELOW
Date Occurred: August 28, 2015
Location: 800 block of Spiros Court
Details:

On Friday, August 28, 2015 at approximately 1:45 a.m., NIU Police were notified by the DeKalb Police Department of a robbery that occurred in the 800 block of Spiros Court on the city’s northwest side. The male victim reported to police that at approximately 1:20 a.m. he was walking on the sidewalk when he was grabbed and thrown to the ground by three (3) male subjects. The subjects took the victim’s wallet containing $40 in cash and his mobile phone. The suspects fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. 

The victim sustained abrasions to his arms and legs. The victim described all three suspects as African-American males. No additional description of the suspects was provided.

The DeKalb Police Department continues to investigate the incident. Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area. Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).

UPDATE:

8/28/15, 4:25 p.m.

After further investigation by DeKalb Police, the alleged victim of an early Friday morning robbery at 800 Spiros Court admitted to filing a false report to police. Police have determined that the alleged robbery is unfounded.



Incident: Robbery – NIU Parking Lot 15 E – SEE UPDATE BELOW
Date Occurred: August 27, 2015
Location:

NIU Parking Lot 15E near the Campus Recreation Center

Details:

On Thursday, August 27, 2015 at approximately 10:15 PM, NIU Police were notified of a robbery that occurred in NIU Parking Lot 15E near the Campus Recreation Center. The female victim reported to police that she was walking through the parking lot at approximately 9:30 p.m. when she was approached from behind by an individual who snatched from her hand her mobile phone. 

The phone is described as a white/silver iPhone 6 enclosed in a blue case.  The victim reported to police that the suspect immediately fled the area on foot and headed northwest towards the Eco Park area.  The victim was not injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as an individual dressed in all black attire. The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety continue to investigate the incident.  Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area.  Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).

UPDATE:

8/28/15 3:30 a.m.

The victim notified NIU Police shortly before midnight, August 28 that the phone had been recovered and was returned to the owner.

Police continue to investigate the incident.




Spring 2015

Incident: UPDATED, 5/6/15, 7:30 p.m. Student FOUND
Date Occurred: May 05, 2015
Details:

Andrew Minor

The NIU Police Department has received notification from DeKalb Police Department of a missing NIU student.  The student was last seen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5th, at his off-campus residence in DeKalb. 

The student is described as follows:

Name:    Andrew J. Minor

Age:        26

Gender:  Male

Race:     Caucasian

Hair:       Black

Facial:    Short Beard

Height:   5’11”

Weight:  180 lbs

Glasses:  Yes

Clothing: Possibly wearing a light grey raincoat, a blue Chicago White Sox baseball cap, and brown work boots. 

The DeKalb Police are leading the investigation with assistance from NIU Police. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this individual, please contact the DeKalb Police Department at (815) 748-8400, the NIU Police Department at (815) 753-1212, or anonymously at the NIU Police Tips line (815) 753-8477.

Update: Update 5/6/15, 7:30 p.m. - Andrew Minor has been located and is safe.


Incident: Robbery - W. Hillcrest Dr. and Greenbrier Rd.
Date Occurred: April 29, 2015
Location:

W. Hillcrest Dr. and Greenbrier Rd.

Details: On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at approximately 9 p.m., NIU Police were advised of a strong armed robbery that occurred at the intersection of West Hillcrest Drive and Greenbrier Road. The victim reported to police that two offenders took the victim's iPhone by force and immediately fled the area on foot headed southwest towards University Village. 
  
No weapons were displayed. The victim received minor injuries and refused medical attention. 
  

The victim described both suspects as male, African American, wearing black hooded sweatshirts. One wore white shoes and the other had "odd-shaped eyebrows" and wore black shoes.

DeKalb City Police Department continues to investigate the incident. Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area. Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).



Incident: Strong Armed Robbery - 500 Russell Rd.
Date Occurred: March 18, 2015
Location: 500 Russell Rd.
Details:

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at approximately 4:45 PM, NIU and DeKalb Police were advised of a strong armed robbery that occurred at 500 Russell Road. The victim reported to police that four offenders battered him and took the victim's bicycle. The victim received facial injuries during the encounter.

The victim described the primary suspect as a male African American wearing a red hoodie and was approximately 14-16 years of age. The victim described the other three offenders as African American males, all wearing black hoodies, with one hoodie having a lightning bolt down the sleeve, all of whom appeared to be 14-16 years of age.  The suspect in the red hoodie fled the area north on Russell Road, while the other three suspects reportedly fled in the opposite direction to the south.

The bike was described as a metallic blue and yellow mountain bike with shocks and splashguards over the wheels.

Police continue to investigate the incident, and the suspects remain at large. There does not appear to be any imminent danger to the campus community. Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area and ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).

Update::

8 p.m., 3/18/15: Upon further investigation police determined the reported robbery is now being classified as a theft due to the bicycle not being taken by force or threat.  The investigation also revealed the victim knew the offender who battered him in a separate event from the theft of the bicycle. 



Incident: Strong Armed Robbery - 1120 Varsity Blvd.
Date Occurred: March 13, 2015
Location:

1120 Varsity Blvd.

Details:

On Friday, March 13, 2015, at approximately 4:08 PM, NIU and DeKalb Police were advised of a strong armed robbery that occurred at 1120 Varsity Boulevard. The victim reported to police that three offenders battered him and took the victim's shoes, cell phone and cash.

The victim received minor injuries and refused medical attention.

The victim described the primary suspect as male African American with dark skin, short hair, approximately 5’10” weighing 180 lbs, and between 18-20 years of age. The victim could only describe the other two offenders as African American males.

Police continue to investigate the incident, and the suspects remain at large. Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area and ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).  



Incident: Off Campus Aggravated Robbery - 1212 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Date Occurred: February 17, 2015
Location:

1212 W. Lincoln Hwy.

Details:

On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at approximately 8:50 p.m., NIU Police were advised of an aggravated robbery that occurred at the Red Roof Inn at 1212 W. Lincoln Highway. The victim reported to police that two male suspects and one female suspect made contact with him outside his hotel room and one male suspect implied he had a knife and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim.  The three suspects immediately entered a vehicle and fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim was not injured in the incident. Police continue to investigate the incident, and the suspects remain at large.

The victim described the suspects as follows:

Male Hispanic, approximately 5-8 tall, 180 lbs., medium build, wearing a white shirt.

Female African-American, thin build, curly hair, wearing black tights.

No description was provided of the third suspect other than he was a male.

Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area of the incident. Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).  

UPDATE:

2/18/15, 10 a.m.:

All parties in the incident have been identified, and the robbery claims have shown to be unfounded. The case is being investigated further, and there is no danger to the campus or community at large.



Incident: Strong Armed Robbery - 820 N. Annie Glidden Road
Date Occurred: February 11, 2015
Location:

820 N. Annie Glidden Road

Details:

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at approximately 7:53 PM, NIU Police were advised of a strong armed robbery that occurred at 820 N. Annie Glidden Road. The victim reported to police that she was returning to her vehicle after a delivery of food at 820 N. Annie Glidden Road when she observed an unidentified individual going through her vehicle. When the suspect observed the victim returning to the vehicle, the suspect exited the vehicle and grabbed an envelope containing cash from the victim’s jacket. The suspect ripped the victim's jacket upon grabbing the envelope. The suspect immediately fled the area on foot towards the back of 820 N. Annie Glidden Road apartments.

The victim was not injured in the incident. Police continue to investigate the incident, and the suspect remains at large.

The victim described the suspect as male Caucasian with hair past his ears in a bowl cut, approximately 6-0 to 6-2 tall, medium build, wearing a black puffy jacket with light colored stripes. 

Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area of the incident. Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).  



Incident: Attempted Assault
Date Occurred: January 25, 2015
Location:

Neptune East Residence Hall, DeKalb

Details:

At approximately 4:57 a.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015 NIU Police responded to the third floor of Neptune East residence hall for a report of an attempted assault of a female student.  The victim reported to police that she was in the shower of a third floor bathroom when a person approached the shower stall and grabbed her arm.  The victim yelped upon being grabbed, and the suspect immediately fled the area. 

The victim described the suspect as being approximately 5’6” tall with a medium build and wearing black clothing and a ski mask.  NIU Police continue to investigate the incident and report that there is no imminent threat to the campus and local community.  Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area of the Neptune Hall residential complex.  Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).

Update:

1-26-2015: A suspect in Sunday morning's incident at Neptune East has been identified and is being interviewed by NIU Police. The investigation is ongoing, and police emphasize that there is no imminent threat to the campus or local community.

Update:

1-27-2015: The suspect in a reported attempted assault at Northern Illinois University has been taken into custody, charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

On January 25, 2015, NIU Police responded to the third floor of the Neptune East Residence Hall for a report of an attempted assault on a female student. The victim reported to police that she was in the shower of the third floor bathroom when a person approached the shower stall and grabbed her arm.

NIU Police personnel conducted an investigation throughout the weekend of the incident, which lead to identifying and interviewing the suspect. An anonymous tip received through the NIU Police non-emergency number was instrumental in the success of the investigation, which led to a 20-year-old student from Chicago being charged in the incident.



Incident: Fraudulent human resources emails
Date Occurred: January 21, 2015
Location: Online
Details:

University employees may receive fraudulent e-mails indicating a change in their human resource status. The e-mails contain a link directing the employee to login to what appears to be the human resources website to identify this change but is actually an effort to steal employee credentials.

Once the employee enters his/her login information, the scammer can take that information to sign into the employee’s official human resources account to change the employee’s direct deposit information to redirect the employee’s paycheck to the bank account of another individual involved in the scam.

The scam can result in big problems for both the employee and the university, including the following:

  • The employee’s paycheck can be stolen.
  • The money may not be returned in full to the employee.
  • The scammers can take the employee’s log-in credentials and attempt to log into other accounts that belong to the employee.

Prevention:

  • Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses. Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
  • Roll your cursor over the links received via e-mail and look for inconsistencies. If it is not the website the e-mail claims to be directing you to then the link is to a fraudulent site.
  • Never provide credentials of any sort via e-mail. This includes after clicking on links sent via e-mail. Always go to an official website rather than from a link sent to via e-mail.

Contact Human Resources and DoIT if a suspicious e-mail is received. Victims of this scam may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov



Incident: Work-from-home scams
Date Occurred: January 21, 2015
Location: Online
Details:

Students throughout the country have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies.

The so-called position simply requires the student to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer a portion of the funds to another bank account. Unbeknownst to the student, the other account is involved in the scam that the student has now helped perpetrate. The funds the student is to receive is directed elsewhere and stolen by cyber criminals. Participating in the scam is a crime and could lead to the student’s bank account being closed due to fraudulent activity or federal charges.

Here’s how the scam works:

  • The student is asked to provide his/her bank account credentials under the guise of setting up direct deposit for his/her pay.
  • The scammers will add the student’s bank account to a victim employee’s direct deposit information to redirect the victim’s payroll deposit to the student’s account.
  • The student will receive the payroll deposit from the victim’s employer in the victim’s name.
  • The student will be directed to withdraw funds from the account and send a portion of the deposit, via wire transfer, to other individuals involved in the scam.

Consequences of Participating in the Scam:

  • The student’s bank account will be identified by law enforcement as being involved in the fraud.
  • The victim employee has his/her pay stolen by the scammers utilizing the student’s bank account.
  • Without the student’s participation, the scam could not be perpetrated, so he/she facilitated the theft of the paycheck.
  • The student could be arrested and prosecuted in federal court. A criminal record will stay with the student for the rest of his/her life and will have to be divulged on future job applications, which could prevent the student from beomg hired.
  • The student’s bank account may be closed due to fraudulent activity and a report could be filed by the bank.
  • This could adversely affect the student’s credit record.

Tips to Protect Yourself from this Scam:

  • If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account and wiring them to different accounts.
  • Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses. Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
  • Never provide credentials of any kind such as bank account information, login names, passwords, or anyother identifying information in response to a recruitment e-mail.
  • Forward these e-mails to the university’s IT personnel and tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam.

Victims of this scam may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. Please reference the following PSA number: 01132015a-PSA




Fall 2014

Incident: On Campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: December 19, 2014
Location:

East Lagoon

Details:

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 NIU Police received a report of a male NIU student who was the victim of an armed robbery. The victim reported to police that the alleged incident occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m. while he was walking his dog near the East Lagoon on the far east side of the NIU campus. The victim told police that he was approached by two males as he crossed a bridge near the East Lagoon. When the suspects approached the victim, they commented about the victim's dog and then displayed a black handgun and proceeded to pat down the victim. The suspects took the victim's wallet, debit card and cash and then fled the scene. The victim reported that one suspect fled east toward downtown DeKalb, while the other suspect fled west toward campus. The victim was uninjured during the incident. The victim described the first offender as an African-American male, approximately 5-10 to 6-0 tall with a heavy build and wearing a red Chicago Bulls jacket. The second offender is described as a male of mixed race, approximately 5-8 to 5-10 in height with a medium build and wearing a black North Face jacket and winter aviator hat. Police continue to investigate the matter, and there is no imminent threat to the campus and local community.

Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).



Incident: Off Campus Attempted Robbery
Date Occurred: November 21, 2014
Location:

700 block North Annie Glidden

Details:

At approximately 3:20 a.m. Friday, November 21, 2014 NIU Police received a report that an NIU student was the victim of an attempted robbery. The victim told police that the alleged incident occurred approximately 30 minutes earlier (2:50 a.m.) near the 700 block of N. Annie Glidden Road. The victim reported that he was approached by two males who asked what he had in his pockets and grabbed at the victim's clothing.  The victim said he kicked one of the suspects and fled the scene toward Stevenson Residence Hall. During his flight, the victim said he fell and scrapped his knee.

The victim described the offenders as two African-American males. The first suspect is described as being approximately 6-0 in height and wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants and dark shoes. The second suspect is described as being 5-8 to 5-10 in height, wearing a navy blue hoodie, dark pants and shoes and had a white scarf around his mouth.

Police continue to investigate the matter and there is no imminent threat to the campus and local community.  

Police ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400, NIU Police at 815-753-1212 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).

Update:

12-4-14: After an investigation, the DeKalb Police Department determined that the subject fabricated the robbery report. He has been charged with Disorderly Conduct for making a false police report.



Incident: Off Campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: November 17, 2014
Location:

1200 block Varsity Boulevard

Details:

At approximately 9:45 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 an NIU student reported to NIU Police that he was the victim of an armed robbery that the victim said occurred approximately 20 minutes earlier near Varsity Boulevard and N. Annie Glidden Road. The victim reported to police that he was approached by two males who threatened him with a weapon and demanded he give them his belongings. The victim complied with their demands, and gave the suspects a backpack that contained an laptop computer and approximately $60 in cash. The victim told police that he saw the suspects with a silver weapon as they fled the scene north on Pappas Drive toward the 7-11 store.

The victim described the offenders as one tall African-American male and one short African-American male. The victim said each of the offenders wore black hoodies and had golden Timberland shoes.

Police continue to investigate the matter and ask for the community to be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).

Update:  12-4-14: The DeKalb Police Department determined that the robbery report was false. The subject has been charged with disorderly conduct for making a false police report.


Incident: Catalytic Converter Theft
Date Occurred: November 08, 2014
Location: NIU Lot X and NIU Lot O
Details:

During the overnight hours ending the morning of Nov. 8, multiple catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles in NIU parking lots X and O. An additional catalytic converter theft was reported on Regent Drive by DeKalb Police. The matter is under investigation. If you have any information related to these reports, please contact the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212, the DeKalb Police at 815-748-8400, or DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or e-mailcrimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org.

Be aware of suspicious people and vehicles. If you see a suspicious person under a vehicle, they may be attempting to steal the catalytic converter. Get the suspect(s) and/or suspect vehicle descriptions if possible. Write down the license plate of a suspicious vehicle if you can safely. If there is a crime in progress, call 911.



Incident: Authorities respond to Medical Emergency on Garden Rd
Date Occurred: November 05, 2014
Location: Garden Road near Barsema Hall
Details: At approximately 6:30 a.m., DeKalb and NIU authorities responded to a medical emergency on Garden Road after finding a male unresponsive in his vehicle. The area is not accessible to local traffic during the response and investigation. Please avoid the area.
Update:

11/5, 8:30 a.m. - Garden Road now open to traffic.



Incident: Downed power lines at westbound Lincoln Highway at Annie Glidden
Date Occurred: November 04, 2014
Location:

Lincoln Highway (Rte. 38) at Annie Glidden

Details:

Power lines are down, stopping traffic on Lincoln Highway westbound at Annie Glidden. Commonwealth Edison is on the scene. Please use an alternate route.

Update:

11/4, 7:15 p.m. - All lanes are open and power has been restored.

11/4, 4:43 p.m. - One westbound lane is now open.



Incident: Small Fires at NIU Founder’s Memorial Library
Date Occurred: November 04, 2014
Location: Founder's Memorial Library
Details:

On Tuesday, November 4, NIU Police responded to Founder’s Memorial Library for two separate incidents involving small fires at 10:02 a.m. and 12:44 p.m.  There were no injuries, and the fires were extinguished immediately. NIU Police continue to investigate the matter and ask for the community to be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).



Incident: Incident on W. Dresser Rd.
Date Occurred: October 21, 2014
Location: 800 block of West Dresser Rd. in DeKalb
Details:
At approximately 1:30 p.m., the City of DeKalb Police received a report from a male subject who claimed he was battered by another male on the bike path near the 800 block of West Dresser Road in between North Annie Glidden Road and DeKalb High School.  The victim told police he was battered by the assailant, and when the victim attempted to call the police via his mobile phone, the assailant knocked the phone from the victim's hands. 
 
The victim described the assailant as a white male in his 30's with a beard wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.  The victim told police the assailant left the scene in an unknown direction.
 
DeKalb and NIU Police are seeking assistance from the community in identifying the assailant.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or the DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at (815) 895-3272.
Update: 10/21/14, 10 p.m.: DeKalb Police have announced that their investigation has determined that the incident did not occur.


Incident: Fire at Watson Hall
Date Occurred: September 29, 2014
Location: Watson Hall
Details: DeKalb Fire Dept. and NIU Police are at Watson Hall responding to a fire in a first floor bathroom. The building has been evacuated and the fire extinguished. There were no injuries at the scene. The building is expected to reopen for 2 p.m. classes.
Update: Watson Hall was re-opened at 1:35 p.m.


Incident: Aggravated Battery - 800 Block of Lucinda Ave.
Date Occurred: September 20, 2014
Location: 800 Block of Lucinda Ave.
Details: At approximately 12:03 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, NIU and DeKalb Police responded to the 800 block of Lucinda Avenue for a reported battery. The victim was assaulted by a group of approximately 10 males who were walking east on the south sidewalk. The victim, who was unable to describe the offenders, was transported to Kishwaukee Hospital.

Current Status: This case is open and currently being investigated by the DeKalb Police Department with the assistance of NIU Police.
Offender Description: Approximately ten African American males. Two were reported to have been wearing red shirts with blue jeans.
Update: The offender was arrested on Oct. 3, 2014.


Incident: Robbery (1000 Block of Blackhawk)
Date Occurred: August 09, 2014
Location: 1000 Block Blackhawk Drive, DeKalb
Details: At approximately 2:04 p.m. Saturday, NIU and City of DeKalb police departments were notified of a robbery that occurred near the 1000 Blackhawk Drive.  Officers responded to the scene and met with the victim. The victim related that he was approached by two unknown males riding on bicycles.  One of the unknown males asked the victim if he could use his cell phone. The victim agreed, voluntarily surrendering his cell phone to the unknown male.  When the victim requested his cell phone be returned the unknown male shoved the victim in the chest area then both of the unknown males fled the area on bicycles toward North Annie Glidden Rd. The victim was not injured during the incident.
Offender Descriptions:

Suspect 1: Male, African American, 18-25 years of age, 5’7”, 130 - 145 lbs., no facial hair, wearing red shorts, tattoo of a star on his right arm, and tattoo of the word “Mob” on the left side of his chest. 

Suspect 2: Male, African American, 18-25 years of age, 6’4”, 260 – 300 lbs, no facial hair, wearing a gray shirt

Safety Information: People receiving this message are advised to be alert and aware of their surroundings.  If you have any information related to this report, please contact the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212, the DeKalb Police at 815-748-8400, or DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or e-mail crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org.



Fall 2013

Incident: Off-Campus Altercation at Travel Inn
Date Occurred: November 01, 2013
Location: 1100 Block Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb
Details: Police are investigating an off-campus altercation involving a number of individuals at the Travel Inn, 1100 block of Lincoln Hwy., in DeKalb during the noon hour. Several people are in custody and are being questioned related to this incident.

NIU Police indicate there is no immediate threat to the campus community.
Safety Information: Individuals with any information related to this report should call DeKalb Police at 815-748-8400, DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212, or e-mail crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org.
Updates: 11/2, 8:30 a.m.:

As a result of an investigation, DeKalb Police have charged 12 individuals in association with Friday’s altercation at the Travel Inn.  The charges range from mob action to aggravated discharge of a firearm.

The DeKalb City Police Department was assisted by Northern Illinois University Police, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Sycamore Police Department and the DeKalb County States Attorney’s Office.

Read press release from the DeKalb Police Department for more details.



Incident: Statement regarding first responder activity on Carroll Ave.
Date Occurred: October 25, 2013
Location: 175 Normal Rd. (NIU Parking Deck)
175 Normal Rd. (NIU Parking Deck)
Details: At approximately 3:17 p.m. Kishwaukee Hospital confirmed the death of an unidentified white female in her late teens/early twenties, who fell in an apparent suicide from the Parking Deck at Carroll Avenue. First responder emergency personnel provided CPR on-site, and she was transported via ambulance to Kishwaukee Hospital. The victim was described as having brown hair, 120-130 lbs and wearing a multi-colored jacket and blue long sleeved shirt.

Any individual with information on the incident should contact NIU police at 815-753-1212.
Update:

10/25, 6:35 p.m.:

Respecting the family's request that NIU police not release the identify of the victim of this afternoon's apparent suicide, NIU can confirm that the victim is not an NIU student nor employed at the university.

On behalf of the university, we extend our condolences to the family and our DeKalb community.

At approximately 3:17 p.m.Kishwaukee Hospital confirmed the death of a female transported after an apparent suicide where she fell from the Parking Deck at Carroll Avenue. Counseling resources are available to NIU students, faculty and staff. To access NIU after-hours and weekend counselors, students should contact 815-753-1212, the non-emergency number for the NIU Police, and request to be connected to the student on-call counseling staff.

During regular business hours, students should contact the NIU Counseling and Student Development Center located in the Campus Life Building, Room 200, 815-753-1206. Faculty and staff should contact the Employee Assistance Program located in the Holmes Student Center, Room 709, 815-753-9191.



Incident: Crane Drive Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: August 29, 2013
Location: 900 Block Crane Drive, DeKalb
Details: Approximately 9:51 p.m. Thursday evening an armed robbery occurred in the 900 block of Crane Drive near University Plaza. Two female NIU students reported to NIU Police that a male subject approached them on Crane Drive, displayed a hand gun and demanded that the victims give him their purses.

The victims reported to police that the suspect then fled the scene, heading east toward Russell Road and then proceeding north on Russell Road toward Greenbrier Road. The victims reported to police no injuries resulting from the attack.
Offender Description: The offender is described as an African-American male, approximately 6-0 in height with a slender build and short-cropped hair. The offender reportedly was wearing a black shirt and long, dark blue basketball shorts.
Safety Information: People receiving this message are advised to be alert and aware of their surroundings. If you have any information related to this report, please contact the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at 815-748-8400, or DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or e-mail crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org.