Reporting a Crime
Ways to Report a Crime
You can report crimes or other emergencies by calling or speaking in person with a number or authorities:
- Dial 911: To report emergencies or non-emergency criminal violations, dial the 24-hour emergency service.
- Emergency phones: Use any emergency phones located in walkways, building, bus shelters, and elevators throughout campus; these provide a direct line to University Police Department.
- Rape Crisis 24-Hour Hotline, 217-355-5203: Call the community hotline to report sexual assault or request crisis services.
- Crimestoppers Program, 217-373-TIPS: Report information about a crime anonymously through this service. Information may also be sent through the Web at www.champaigncountycrimestoppers.com/ or via text message by sending TIP397 plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
- University Police: Contact an officer on patrol or go to the Public Safety Building, 1110 West Springfield Avenue, Urbana, 24 hours a day.
- Police Student Patrol Teams: Look for pairs of student patrol officers on foot or bicycle patrolling assigned areas throughout the campus. Their hours are from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, and 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends during the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. They wear identifiable clothing, carry a police radio, make reports to the University Police, provide walking escorts, and request police assistance as needed.
- Facilities and Services Parking Division: Ask employees of this unit, which maintains telephone and two-way radio contact with the University Police, to report crimes in progress or request assistance.
What happens after a crime or emergency has been reported?
Uniformed or plain-clothes officers from the University Police respond quickly to in-progress crimes and in a timely manner to non-emergency calls. Police officers may respond on foot, on bicycle, or in a marked or unmarked police vehicle. Patrol officers and investigators conduct investigations and prepare reports on crimes and offenses that occur on land, in buildings, or on streets and parking structures that the University owns.
At the request of other local law enforcement agencies, University Police officers also respond to crimes committed in the jurisdiction of those agencies.
How does the University encourage people to report a crime?
The University Police makes reporting a crime convenient and efficient in several ways:
- The emergency 911 phone number uses a central exchange to dispatch the correct police agency to the scene.
- The police telephone numbers (217-333-1216, TTY:217-244-7209) are printed on crime prevention publications and on stickers affixed to many campus phones.
- Crime prevention programs presented by the University Police inform participants how to call the police and encourage them to do so.
- Persons who wish to provide information about a crime anonymously can use the Crimestoppers Program; call 217-373-TIPS (8477). People may also use www.champaigncountycrimestoppers.com, or send information via text message by sending TIP397 plus the message to CRIMES (274637). Information on how to report a crime is included in crime bulletins circulated on campus during fall and spring semesters and in updates published in the student newspaper.