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Archived NIU Safety Bulletins


Fall 2017

Incident: UPDATE – ADDITIONAL ARRESTS MADE, Shots fired, 900 block of Greenbrier, Oct. 20
Date Occurred: October 20, 2017
Location:

900 block Greenbrier Road

Details:

UPDATE 11/22/17 - The DeKalb Police Department announced that on Nov. 20, 2017, two additional offenders were arrested and taken into custody in Georgia, for their alleged involvement in connection with a shots fired incident, Friday, Oct. 20, in the 900 block of Greenbrier Road.

  • Khalief D. McAllister (DeKalb, IL, no NIU affiliation) - Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Mob Action
  • Sean T. Hayden (Aurora, IL, no NIU affiliation) - Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Mob Action

Police continue 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 the 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.

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UPDATE 11/3/17 – The DeKalb Police Department announced today that it has arrested and charged two individuals in connection with a shots fired incident, Friday, Oct. 20, in the 900 block of Greenbrier Road.

  • Anthony C. Rogers (Aurora, IL, no NIU affiliation) – Unlawful Use of Weapon, Aggravated Discharge of a Weapon, and Mob Action
  • Francisco Tejeda (Aurora, IL –- no NIU affiliation) – Unlawful Use of Weapon and Aggravated Discharge of a Weapon

A warrant also has been issued for Khalief D. Mcallister (DeKalb, IL, no NIU affiliation) who is wanted for Aggravated Discharge of a Weapon and Mob Action in connection with the same case.

Police continue 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 the 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.

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On Friday, October 20, 2017, at approximately 9:45 p.m., DeKalb and NIU Police responded off-campus to the 900 block of Greenbrier Road for a report of shots fired. Witnesses observed one suspect with a firearm fire several times at an unknown individual. The suspect fled the area in an unknown direction.

The suspect was described as follows:

  • Light-skin male wearing a red jacket with white sleeves.

At this time, there are no reported injuries. However, please avoid the area while police continue 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: Community Awareness Bulletin: Burglary to Motor Vehicles - Lot W
Date Occurred: October 19, 2017
Location:

NIU Parking Lot W

Details:

The NIU Police Department has recently seen an increase in car burglaries in NIU parking lot W located north of Grant Towers. If you have any information related to these incidents, please contact the NIU Police Department at 815-753-1212. 

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: Off-Campus Armed Robbery - 1300 West Lincoln Hwy
Date Occurred: October 12, 2017
Location:

1300 West Lincoln Highway

Details:

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, at approximately 11:36 p.m., the NIU Police Department received a report that the DeKalb City Police Department is investigating an off-campus armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the area of the 1300 block of West Lincoln Highway. The victim reported to police that they were robbed at gunpoint. 

No injuries have been reported at this time. The suspect was believed to be fleeing southbound from the area. The suspect was described as a light-skin male, approximately 5’11” tall, thin, wearing a mask, black shirt and dark-colored jeans.

No other information is available at this time.

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 Shots Fired - 800 Block Russell Rd
Date Occurred: October 08, 2017
Location:

800 Block Russell Road

Details:

UPDATE 10/12/17 - DeKalb Police have charged Michael Distasio (no NIU affiliation) with Reckless Discharge of a Firearm following an investigation of the shots fired incident at 800 Russell Road on Sunday, Oct. 8. 

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On Sunday, October 8, 2017, at approximately 8:20 p.m., DeKalb and NIU Police responded off-campus to the 800 block of Russell Road for a report of shots fired. Witnesses observed three suspects, one with a firearm fire several rounds into a crowd of people. The suspect fled the area southbound on Russell Rd in a white Lincoln Town Car with damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.

The three suspects are described as follows:

  • Light-skin male, 5’7”-5’8” tall, approximately 300 lbs., wearing a blue Chicago Bears hooded sweatshirt
  • Dark-skin male wearing a hooded sweatshirt
  • Dark-skin male wearing hooded sweatshirt

At this time, there are no reported injuries and no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community.  However, please avoid the area while police continue 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: Off-Campus Shooting - 800 block of Oak St.
Date Occurred: October 06, 2017
Location:

800 block of Oak St.

Details:

UPDATE 10/7/2017 - DeKalb Police have investigated and determined that a 16-year-old male juvenile accidentally shot an 18-year-old male at an off-campus location. Neither individual is affiliated with NIU. The victim concocted a false account of the incident and placed blame on a person he originally identified as the suspect. The juvenile involved in this incident has been charged with Reckless Discharge of a Firearm (Class 4 Felony) and is in custody at the Kane County Juvenile Detention Facility. The DeKalb Police Department is further investigating this incident, as well as other recent shootings that may be connected.

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On Friday, October 6, 2017, at approximately 2:03 p.m., DeKalb and NIU Police responded to the 800 block of Oak Street regarding an off-campus shooting. The two suspects involved are described as follows:

  • Dark-skin male wearing all black clothing  
  • Dark-skin male wearing all black clothing possibly carrying a weapon (sword)

The suspects fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.  Please avoid the area while police continue to investigate the incident.

**Please note that NIU issued a text message to the NIU Community at approximately 2:26 p.m. indicating the incident took place in the 400 block of Oak Street. Since that time, DeKalb Police received new information that the incident took place at the 800 block of Oak. 

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 Shots Fired - 800 block of Russell Rd.
Date Occurred: September 30, 2017
Location:

800 block of Russell Rd. 

Details:

At approximately 11:13 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017, DeKalb and NIU Police responded off-campus to the 800 block of Russell Road for a report of shots fired.  Witnesses observed one suspect with a firearm flee the area with two other suspects on foot towards the northeast. The three suspects are described as follows:

  • Male with dark skin, 5’8”-5’10” tall, wearing black hooded sweatshirt and jeans
  • Male with dark skin, tall and skinny, wearing gray hooded sweatshirt
  • Male with dark skin, short, wearing white hooded sweatshirt and jeans

At this time, there are no reported injuries and no imminent threat to the safety of the campus or surrounding community.  However, please avoid the area while police continue 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: Off-Campus Shots Fired - 1000 block of W. Hillcrest Dr.
Date Occurred: September 28, 2017
Location:

1000 block of W. Hillcrest Dr. 

Details:

UPDATE 10/19/17 - The DeKalb Police have charged Jackie Walker (no NIU affiliation) with mob action and aggravated battery in connection with the shots fired incident at 1011 W. Hillcrest.

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UPDATE 9/30/17 - The DeKalb police have charged Tyrese J. Bomar (no NIU affiliation) with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon following an investigation of the shots fired incident at 1011 W. Hillcrest Thursday night. 

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On Thursday, September 28, 2017, at approximately 6:39 p.m., the DeKalb Police Department and NIU Police Department received a report of shots fired in the vicinity of the 1000 block of W. Hillcrest. 


A suspect was last seen running away from the area on foot in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as follows:

  • Dark-skinned male, heavy build, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Police continue to investigate the incident. No other information is available at this time.

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: Aggravated Assault - No Injuries - Stadium Dr. North and Grant Dr. West
Date Occurred: September 28, 2017
Location:

Stadium Drive North and Grant Drive West

Details:

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, at approximately 4:09 p.m., the NIU Police Department received a report of an aggravated assault that occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. in the area of Stadium Drive North and Grant Drive West. The victims reported to police that a suspect inside a vehicle displayed a handgun.

No one was injured during this incident. The suspects were last seen driving away from the area in a light green 4-door Saturn. The suspects are described as follows:

  • Dark-skinned male with an afro hair style
  • Light-skinned male with dreadlocks

Police continue to investigate the incident. No other information is available at this time.

If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the NIU Police and Public Safety 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
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: September 04, 2017
Location: 100 block of John St.
Details:

DeKalb Police are investigating an alleged off-campus home invasion that occurred at approximately 10:23 p.m., today, Monday, Sept. 4, near the 100 block of John Street. According to reports, two dark skinned males wearing ski masks and displaying handguns forced their way into a residence and then fled the scene in an unknown direction. 

No other information is available at this time. 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: August 25, 2017
Location: 100 East Locust Street
Details:

On Friday, August 25, 2017, at approximately 11:45 p.m., the NIU Police Department received a report that the DeKalb City Police Department is investigating an off-campus, armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:44 p.m. in the area of 100 East Locust Street. The victim reported to police that they were robbed at gunpoint. 

No injuries have been reported at this time. The suspect was last seen fleeing northwest from the area. The suspect was described as a dark-skinned male, approximately 6’03” tall, 180 pounds, wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and short braids.

No other information is available at this time.

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 Strong-Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: August 22, 2017
Location: 843 Crane Drive
Details:

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at approximately 8:25 p.m., the NIU Police Department received a report that the DeKalb City Police Department is investigating an off-campus, strong-armed robbery that occurred at approximately 8:20 p.m. in the area of 843 Crane Drive. The victim reported to police that he was approached by two male suspects who battered him and took his personal property.    

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. No weapons were used or displayed. The suspects were last seen fleeing northbound from the area.  The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect one – Dark-skinned male, wearing a red shirt

Suspect two – Dark-skinned male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with dread locks

No other information is available at this time.

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: Community Awareness Bulletin: Eclipse Safety 101
Date Occurred: August 21, 2017
Location: NIU community
Details:

Eclipse 101 Safety

The Northern Illinois University Department of Police and Public Safety wants community members to be safe during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 which will peak at about 1:18 p.m. in our area. Whether you are participating in an on-campus or off-campus viewing event, there is some important information you need to know. We are asking community members, whether walking or driving, not to stop in roadways or intersections to view the eclipse.  Do not attempt to view the eclipse with a naked eye.  Taking appropriate measures to protect your eyes is critical.

This rare event will be exciting – and even better when you view the eclipse safely. Check out NASA’s Eclipse 101 for specific eclipse viewing safety tips. Please call the NIU Police at (815) 753-1212 with any non-emergency related public safety questions or concerns.  In the event of an emergency, dial 911.



Incident: Off-Campus Strong-Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: August 19, 2017
Location: 810 Kimberly Drive
Details:

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, at approximately 11:40 PM, NIU Police received a report that DeKalb Police are investigating an off-campus strong-armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:22 p.m. in the area of 810 Kimberly Drive. The victim reported to police that he was involved in a physical altercation with the suspect who then proceeded to take personal property from him. 

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. No weapons were used or displayed. The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot in an unknown direction. The suspect was described as a dark skinned male, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, dred locks, wearing all black clothing.

No other information is available at this time.

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: Community Awareness Bulletin: Assault in Downtown DeKalb Area
Date Occurred: August 07, 2017
Location: 100 block of South 7th Street, DeKalb
Details:

August 8, 2017 at 6:50 PM 
Community Alert shared from DeKalb Police Department


VICTIM ASSAULTED IN DOWNTOWN AREA – HELP IDENTIFY

On Monday, August 7th, 2017, at approximately 12:45 pm, an adult female was walking south in the 100 block of South 7th Street in DeKalb when she was attacked from behind.  An unknown male grabbed the victim in a sexually explicit manner.  The male then fled on foot west bound, the victim did not sustain any injuries that required medical attention.  The Dekalb Police Department and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the scene and conducted a search of the area which included a police canine team.  The suspect was not apprehended and has not been identified at this time.  

The victim described the offender as a male African American, approximately 18 to 26 years old, 5’8” tall, slim build with a short haircut, and wearing a white t-shirt and khaki shorts. 

This suspect may be linked to other offenses in the central business district and we encourage our community to call the police to report any suspicious activity or crimes in progress immediately.  The investigation remains ongoing and if anyone has information regarding this suspect, please call the DeKalb Police Department at 815.748.8400.