Dear campus community member:
We are writing to provide you with an update about a crime incident we detailed in a Campus Safety Notice last week.
As we noted, it was reported at 4:29 a.m. Wednesday that three men had entered a sorority house in the 100 block of East John Street, Champaign, and walked around the first floor of the building for a few minutes before leaving. One other person, who is not a U. of I. student, was present in the house at the time. No one was physically injured.
The University of Illinois Police Department has identified two of the three individuals involved, and one has been arrested. You can find more information about the arrest on the University Police website: https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/6221/1155722089
Police are continuing to investigate, and we will provide additional updates when appropriate.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-1216. Witnesses may remain anonymous by calling Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 (373-TIPS), by visiting www.373tips.com or by providing information through the P3 Tips mobile app available on iOS and Android. All messages to Crime Stoppers are electronically stripped of identifying information and forwarded to police by an independent third party.
This is our community. Let's stay together.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus is a very safe one, but a community of our size will never be crime-free. U. of I. Police and its partner law enforcement agencies work hard to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs, but you play the most important role in keeping our campus community safe.
- Do not allow strangers to follow you into your building. It may seem polite to hold the door for someone, but that often allows unauthorized people to enter. It is OK to ask someone to swipe their card to enter a residence hall.
- Watch your belongings.Theft is the most common crime on college campuses everywhere, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is no exception. Lock up or secure your personal belongings whenever possible, even if they are sitting right next to you.
- Lock your doors.The easiest way to prevent theft and burglary is by locking the door to your vehicle or residence. Criminals often will look for an open door or window to steal your items.
- Bring it with you. If you’re leaving campus for an extended period of time, bring your valuables with you. During school breaks, criminals will take advantage of an empty campus.
- Be alert, and trust your instincts. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Call police if something looks odd — we're happy to assist, and even the smallest bit of information could prevent another crime.
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