Recent Crimes in the Champaign-Urbana Community
The University of Illinois Police is working aggressively with the Champaign Police Department to address the recent criminal activity in the campus district and will work to keep the community informed about our efforts.
- If you see something, say something. UIPD is encouraging our community to report suspicious behaviors to 9-1-1. Every set of eyes and ears in our community is a valued partner in maintaining a safe campus. The purposes of the crime alerts is to educate our community on potential threats but also to seek assistance in identifying the offenders.
- UIPD is working aggressively with neighboring police agencies to identify and apprehend these offenders utilizing various strategies.
- The UIPD Target Response Unit, whose focus is on crimes against persons, is working in conjunction with patrol officers to enhance efforts in identifying and apprehending offenders. The Targeted Response Unit continues to work with Champaign County Probation in identifying offenders. Certain members of the Targeted Response Unit are also affiliated with the FBI's East Central Illinois Safe Streets Task Force.
- Detectives are effectively conducting follow-up investigations and developing potential leads to identify and apprehend the offenders.
- Security camera footage continues to be reviewed to assist with the investigations. Plans continue to expand the security camera network into the campus district.
- Reducing the opportunity for these crimes to occur is the keystone to Crime Prevention. Alcohol consumption reduces one's ability to be observant of their surroundings. Signs of intoxication may also attract the attention of offenders leading to victimization.
- Individuals who are intoxicated that require police or medical assistance should not delay or fail to request assistance because of concerns of potentially being cited for alcohol violations. Officers will use appropriate discretion.
Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to follow these safety tips to decrease their potential for becoming a victim:
-Stay alert - call the police immediately to report suspicious activity and/or if this subject is observed.
-Trust your instincts - if it does not feel right, call for help.
-Avoid walking alone at night. Travel in groups when possible and always walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.
-Turn down your electronic devices. Excessive volume or use of electronic devices (iPods, PDAs, cell phones, etc.) can distract you from potential safety hazards.
-If you choose to consume alcohol, please drink moderately - remember your ability to respond is diminished by over-consumption of alcohol.
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