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Current NIU Safety Bulletins

NIU Police and Public Safety provides information on crimes that have recently occurred in the campus area so that you may take the appropriate precautions. An NIU Safety Bulletin is issued in accordance with a federal law requiring colleges and universities to disclose information about crime in the vicinity of campus to both aid in the prevention of similar crimes and to assist in the identification of offenders.

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 2017

Incident: Community Awareness Bulletin: NIU community urged to be vigilant against ransomware
Date Occurred: May 15, 2017
Details: You may have already heard in the news about a new ransomware attack called WannaCry or WanaCyptOr that has infected over 75,000 computers in nearly 100 countries. Security experts say this is one of the largest global ransomware attacks ever undertaken.

While no defense is impenetrable, NIU employs a layered-defense cyber security strategy to better protect our resources.

People: Our first layer makes users aware and continues to educate them not to click on unknown links. WannaCry's main attacks have come from spam emails that appear to contain invoices, job offers, and even security warnings. Remember: always be vigilant when opening suspicious emails or clicking on links in email messages.

Technology: Over the weekend, the Division of IT and distributed IT staff worked to ensure that the necessary controls on our network perimeter are in place and that our internal detection capabilities, such as antivirus software and intrusion detection/prevention systems, were updated with the latest data files. This helps us quickly identify and mitigate the WannaCry attack.

Processes: IT staff across NIU follow processes to update and patch computer systems on a regular basis. DoIT has requested that the IT technical community at NIU report on the status and currency of patches on the computer systems they support. Not all reports are in, the majority have confirmed their systems are appropriately patched to help in preventing the WannaCry malware from exploiting known vulnerabilities, particularly on our Windows servers. 

Even with the good work of the university's IT staff (distributed and DoIT) thus far, your vigilance is still the primary driver in making sure our networks are secure.

If you notice anything unusual on your computer or while using NIU's computer systems in the next several days, please report it immediately to the IT Service Desk at 815-753-8100.


Incident: Off-Campus Armed Robbery
Date Occurred: May 03, 2017
Location: Russell Road & Moraine Terrace
Details:

5/5/17 UPDATE: DeKalb Police have charged a man in connection with this armed robbery. 

 

Original Post: 5/3/17 - DeKalb Police are investigating an off-campus, armed robbery that occurred at approximately 12:45 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, 2017, near the intersection of Russell Road & Moraine Terrace.

The victim reported to police that while walking, two suspects approached him from behind, brandished a weapon, and demanded personal property. No injuries resulted from the incident.

The suspects fled the area in an unknown direction. They are described as follows: 

Suspect 1: Light skinned Male, 6’0” - 6’4”, wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt with red and black shorts.

Suspect 2: Light skinned Male, 6’0” - 6’4”, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

No other information is available at this time.

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: May 02, 2017
Location: 1110 Varsity Blvd., DeKalb
Details:

DeKalb Police are investigating an off-campus, armed robbery that occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in a parking lot at 1110 Varsity Blvd.

Two victims reported to police that while they sat in their car in the parking lot of an apartment complex, a suspect approached the window, brandished a weapon, and demanded cash. No injuries occurred from the incident.

The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot, headed eastbound through the parking lot towards Annie Glidden Road. The suspect is described as follows: 

  • Male, dark skinned, approximately 5’06”, with facial hair, wearing a dark-colored jacket, dark-colored pants. 

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.



Archived Safety Bulletins