Safety Alerts

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July 12, 2020

A crime has recently occurred in the Bradley University campus area and we want you to be informed so you can take appropriate precautions. Safety Alerts, such as this, are issued for incidents that have already occurred but do not require immediate action by recipients.

At approximately 6:55 p.m. Bradley University Police and Peoria Police responded to a report of a robbery that happened eight minutes earlier in the parking lot behind the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, located in the 800 block of W. Main Street. This is approximately six blocks east of N. University Street.

Two unknown suspects approached a person not affiliated with Bradley University. One suspect displayed a handgun and demanded property. The suspects obtained property and fled westbound.

The first suspect was described as a male between 13-15 years old, armed with a handgun wearing a black T-shirt. The second suspect was described as a male, between 13-15 years old wearing a green beanie style hat, button-down shirt and black jeans.

Information about the race or ethnicity of alleged suspects is provided only if it can aid detailed descriptions that include physical stature, clothing or unusual characteristics. Racial descriptions do not, by themselves, offer a meaningful picture of an individual's appearance.

An investigation is continuing.

If you witnessed this incident or have any information, please call Bradley police at 309-677-2000 or Peoria police at 309-673-4521.

Do Your Part to Stay Safe

The Bradley University Police Department is a fully sworn police department with 21 officers who work to keep the Bradley community safe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year. The BUPD patrols the campus as well as a significant area off campus.  It works closely with other local law enforcement agencies, but safety also requires you to take action. A safe campus can be achieved only with the cooperation of the entire university community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Please remember:

  • Report suspicious people immediately to the Bradley University Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on and around campus.
  • During the hours of 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. when the spring and fall semesters are in session, utilize the Hilltop Safety Cruiser program by calling  309-677-2800.
  • Use the Student Patrol or Bradley University Police Department escort programs by calling 309-677-2000.
  • Do not leave your property, vehicles, homes or residence hall rooms unsecured.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk in pairs or groups, especially during the evening and night.
  • Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones.
  • Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys or parking lots.
  • Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas when possible.
  • Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to the Bradley University Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on and around campus.
  • If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well-populated, well-lit area and contact the Bradley University Police Department.
  • If approached, give up your property. 

A safety alert is a means to notify students, faculty and staff about incidents that represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus, based on the nature and location of the incident.