Illinois Tech Public Safety Message

In light of the recent incidents involving Illinois Tech students that have occurred at the 35th Street Green Line Station, added Public Safety patrols and special assignments have been implemented in order to enhance the visibility of Illinois Tech’s public safety officers and ensure the safety of students.

As a result of recent incidents, both the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Chicago Police continue to coordinate efforts and resources, and the area is the subject of a Public Safety Special Watch, with additional public safety vehicles present. In the most recent incident that occurred Sunday night, Illinois Tech Public Safety officers were able to find and detain three suspects, resulting in their arrests.

While the Illinois Tech Mies (Main) Campus is a generally safe place, due to the presence of public safety, emergency telephones and the large number of individuals present, no place is crime-proof, and risks for being a victim of a crime may well increase as you move away from the campus because these factors are not present. Therefore, take a common sense approach when walking on or off campus and DON’T BE A TARGET:

  • Plan your way in advance and use well-traveled routes.
  • Avoid dark or deserted areas. Don’t take short cuts through alleys, parks, or vacant lots, especially at night.
  • Keep your smartphone and other electronic devices out of sight whenever possible. Smartphones are, by far, the number one most stolen item in incidents on or near the Mies (Main) Campus. Using them while walking or commuting not only highlights them as easy targets but also distracts you from your surroundings.
  • Avoid being maneuvered into alleyways, doorways, or cars.
  • Be aware of those around you and if you think you’re being followed, cross the street, change direction, or go to a public place where others are present.
  • Never accept a ride or get too close to a car if someone is asking for directions.
  • Walk with confidence and always keep moving. Don’t wear headphones, ear buds, or talk on your phone.
  • Try to walk in pairs during the day and, if out at night, absolutely have a companion with you.
  • Use well-lighted walkways, keep your purse under your arm, and wallet in your back pocket.
  • Don’t carry too many packages. Keep one hand free.
  • Plan ahead so you don’t have to use an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). If you must use one, select one located in a busy area.
  • Always have your keys handy.
  • Carry enough cash to call a cab if you are in an unfamiliar area or neighborhood.
  • In case of danger, yell “get away”, throw your books, or anything you are carrying, and RUN to where other people are.
  • Don’t stand and fight. It is not worth the possibility of getting hurt.
  • If you are physically attacked, kick, punch, pull hair, bite, poke eyes, yell, and scream. The point is to either get away FAST or draw attention to you.

If you are on the Mies (Main) Campus, go to the nearest blue-light Emergency Telephone or call 312.808.6363. If you are off campus, call the police by dialing 911.

On The Bus? On The Train? Riding the ‘L’? 
Stay safe and get where you are going safely.  Take a common sense approach and DON’T BE A TARGET:

  • Choose a seat near the bus driver or train conductor.
  • Avoid isolated bus or train stops.
  • Don’t fall asleep.
  • Don’t wear headphones, ear buds, or talk on your phone.
  • Keep your belongings on your lap.
  • Be prepared and know the schedules and the route you are taking.

To request an on-campus or off-campus security escort, contact 312.808.6310. For more information and safety tips, visit the IIT Public Safety website.

Also, program the number 312.808.6363 for IIT Public Safety into your phones. You can also keep track of what’s happening on campus by following IIT Public Safety on Facebook.