CAMPUS ALERTS

The following information is provided by the Moody Bible Institute Public Safety and Security Department (Chicago) regarding campus incidents that may present a threat to the entire community. 

If you have questions or information about a safety or security issue or incident, contact Security at public.safety@moody.edu or (312) 329-2038 or the TIPS line at (312) 329-8477.

If you have an immediate Security need, please call the HELP line at (312) 329-4357.


8/30/12 SECURITY ALERT

Public Safety received notice from another college that on Aug. 25 around 9 p.m., a (non-MBI) student was standing by the train door waiting to get off the Red Line when she was approached and robbed by a group of 15 African-American teenagers walking from another train car. She was thrown to the ground, kicked and robbed. Please be cautious when traveling at night and try to avoid traveling alone whenever possible. For tips on staying safe in Chicago, visit the Public Safety website in the portal (Directory by Department > Public Safety Homepage).  


07/30/12 SECURITY UPDATE

Today, Public Safety and Security will conduct a test of our new Emergency Mass Notification System for full-time and part-time employees on all of Moody’s campuses and its owned and operated radio stations.

Employees will receive a test message via the contact information provided during the emergency contact information collection process in May, which may include phone, email and text. Employees who provided a cell phone number received a pre-test confirmation message from Blackboard Connect (63079 or 23177) on Tuesday, July 24, notifying them that their cell phone is set to receive text messages from Moody.

For more information please contact us at publicsafety@moody.edu.


07/05/12 SECURITY REMINDER

Construction on the water/sewer lines has begun on Wells St. They will start at Oak St. and work south to Chicago Ave.

Employees and students should take extra caution when crossing Wells from the garage, Moon building and Solheim because there will be deep trenches in the road; bikers may want to take a different route, avoiding Wells St. during normal construction hours.

The construction should be over by the end of July.


06/27/12 SECURITY REMINDER

The Cook County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management recently distributed a press release regarding the hot temperatures this summer. As the temperature downtown is supposed to reach 100 on Thursday, here are some precautions to avoid heat stress:  

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible, and in the shade if you go outside.  
  • If your home isn’t air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily in an air conditioned mall, library, or other public place.  
  • Wear sunscreen outside, along with light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.  
  • Drink water regularly even if you’re not thirsty.  
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a car.  
  • Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day.  
  • Take a cool shower or bath of you get too hot.  

Here is the complete Press Release


05/12/12 COMMUNITY ALERT

A little before 8:00pm on Friday May 4, there was a small fire in a student’s room on Houghton 10. Unfortunately the fire resulted in personal property damage, but we are glad to report that no one was injured. The students in the area responded very well. They did what they could to minimize the damage, pulled the fire alarm to notify everyone else of the threat, began clearing their floor and contacted Public Safety.

We all take many steps to prevent fires, but you should always be prepared and have a plan if a fire occurs

  • Know where the fire extinguishers are in your building/floor
  • Know where the fire alarm pull boxes are
  • Have a predetermined escape route and know where alternative routes are if the primary route in unavailable

05/02/12 SECURITY REMINDER

Springtime is here and with the warmer weather comes in increase in crime around the city. Recently there has been an increase in thefts on public transportation where victims are distracted when one of the offenders falls or stumbles into them. While attempting to assist this subject, a 2nd offender approaches from the rear of the victim and removes personal property.

What you can do?

  • Pay attention to your surroundings. If you’re looking down at your cell phone, you cannot see what is happening around you.
  • Travel in groups whenever possible.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts and don’t hesitate to call for help if you feel like something is wrong.

Remember to report suspicious activity on campus to Public Safety at x4357. For any emergency or crime in progress, call 911.


04/20/12 COMMUNITY ALERT

Early this morning two students were victims of an armed robbery at 12:05 a.m. while walking in Washington Square Park near campus on Clark St.
Public Safety asks that everyone think about personal safety while traveling in the city, even if you are comfortable and familiar with the area. Please avoid being out after dark in remote areas like parks, alleys, or less traveled areas near campus. It is always best to travel in groups, in well lit areas and follow the safety guidelines stressed in the Student Life Guide and your Campus Safety Orientation.


04/03/12 COMMUNITY ALERT

In the last two weeks several reports of missing money have been shared with Public Safety. The money went missing over spring break. The reports are coming from five different rooms on three different dormitory floors.

  • We first want to remind everyone to secure their valuables and lock their rooms whenever you are not present.
  • We also want to encourage anyone else who had money come up missing to contact Public Safety.
  • Lastly we would like to hear from those of you that were on campus over spring break; did you see or hear anything that may be pertinent to Public Safety as we follow up on these incidents?

04/02/12 SECURITY REMINDER

Public Safety has learned of a few students and staff sharing/loaning their fobs to someone else this semester. We want to remind everyone that it is important that you never share your keys, ID or fob with anyone. Your fob is programmed specifically for you. If you or someone you know needs extra or temporary access they should contact the Public Safety to provide access or contact the Facilities office to have their fob access adjusted. For more information about the Campus Identification and Access Control policy, contact public.safety@moody.edu.


03/10/12 COMMUNITY ALERT

We have received a second report this semester of one student try to send another student cash through CPO, but the money never arrived. This has occurred in the past and CPO is urging students never to send cash through CPO or the USPS.


12/21/11 COMMUNITY ALERT

On Tuesday, Dec. 20 Public Safety observed a suspicious vehicle driving around Lot C, stopping by several parked vehicles that had phone chargers and GPS units in plain view. The vehicle left before officers could make contact, but was observed again an hour later and attempted to flee the area when approached by officers. The Chicago Police department arrested the two suspects and confiscated electronics and a replica weapon.

Please remember to secure your vehicles by rolling up your windows, locking your doors and ensuring valuables and electronics are out of sight. If your vehicle is parked on campus overnight, all valuables should be removed.


12/20/11 COMMUNITY ALERT

On Monday, Dec. 19, Security observed a robbery in progress occurring on Chicago Ave. just outside LifeWay bookstore. The officer made himself known, and the suspects fled. The victim sustained minor injuries and retained all his belongings. The victim was not related to the Institute. The victim was displaying a high-end electronic device leading up to the incident which most likely attracted the suspects to take advantage of the victim traveling alone.

It is important that everyone take the following precautions when traveling on or near campus to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Avoid displaying or using high-end electronic devices while walking or standing in public.
  • Travel in groups whenever possible
  • Stay aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts and don’t hesitate to call for help if you feel like something is wrong.

Remember to report suspicious activity to Public Safety at x4357. For any emergency or crime in progress call 911.


6/9/11 COMMUNITY ALERT

On Tuesday, June 7 at 6:45 p.m. a robbery occurred at Chicago Avenue and Wabash Avenue. On Wednesday June 8 at 3:45 p.m. a robbery occurred on the Brown Line platform at Chicago Avenue and Franklin Avenue. The suspects in these robberies were groups (4-8) of teens. The victims in both robberies were using or displaying expensive handheld electronics before the attacks.

It is important that everyone take the following precautions when traveling on or near campus to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Avoid displaying or using high end electronic devices while walking or standing in public.
  • Travel in groups whenever possible
  • Stay aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts and don’t hesitate to call for help if you feel like something is wrong.

Remember to report suspicious activity to Public Safety at x4357. For any emergency or crime in progress call 911.


11/10/10 SECURITY REMINDER

As a safety reminder concerning unattended or suspicious packages on mass transit or in public places, the US Department of Homeland Security outlines the proper safety procedures as follows:

  • Do not touch any unattended or suspicious package, luggage or bag  
  • Report any such item to someone in authority, the local police by dialing 911 or, if on campus; Public Safety at Ext. 4357  
  • Remain in the area to provide a witness statement to the authorities  

Noting the description of any suspects observed leaving the item behind, warning others to stay clear of the suspect item, and staying in communication with dispatchers directing the responding officers, are all good ways to help minimize the potential damage a harmful package might cause.


10/01/10 SECURITY REMINDER

Over the last few weeks, Public Safety has responded to several incidents and crimes pertaining to vehicles on or near campus. A guest vehicle was broken into on Wells St. between the parking garage and ASC during the middle of the day. Another vehicle in Lot W was broken into during the evening last week. Security responded to a report of a man checking car door handles in Lot C and made sure he moved off campus without causing damage. And, most recently, a man was found by Public Safety setting off a car alarm in Lot J. As Security responded, the man fled.

This series of incidents serve as a good reminder to always lock your car doors, keep your windows up, remove valuables when possible and keep any valuable equipment in your vehicle hidden from view. It’s also important that you educate the guests you bring to campus of these reminders.


09/12/10 COMMUNITY ALERT

During the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 11 and again on the evening of August 29 a burglary occurred in the Chicago campus parking garage. Each time a student reported to Public Safety, an individual suspiciously handing items out of the parking garage to someone standing outside the parking garage. Officers responded immediately and secured the building. It was later learned that the suspect cut through a fence to gain access to the building. Thanks to the thoughtful observation and quick reporting by the student, Public Safety was able to prevent further loss. We encourage everyone at Moody to report suspicious or illegal activity immediately to Public Safety at x4357. In various places around campus, such as the parking garage, there are emergency phones and buttons that directly alert Public Safety. Please feel free to use any of these options to contact Public Safety in the event of an emergency.

A theft has occurred and at least 4 bicycles were stolen. We are asking students check their bicycles and vehicles in the garage and communicate with Public Safety regarding and loss or damage to personal belonging in the parking garage.


09/07/10 COMMUNITY ALERT

At 7:45 p.m. yesterday, a student was held at gun-point on the sidewalk between Sweeting Hall and Torrey-Gray Auditorium. The victim was walking alone on LaSalle Blvd. when he sensed that he was being followed by two men. The men confronted the student when he turned off La Salle between the buildings, displayed a hand gun and took the student’s cash. We are thankful that the student was not harmed during the robbery. Public Safety asks that everyone use caution while in the City by always traveling in groups and walking in well-lit areas at night.


08/13/10 SECURITY UPDATE

During the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 11, a burglary occurred in the Chicago campus parking garage. A student reported to Public Safety that an individual was suspiciously handing items out of the parking garage to someone standing outside the parking garage. Officers responded immediately and secured the building. It was later learned that the suspect cut through a fence to gain access to the building. Thanks to the thoughtful observation and quick reporting of the student, Public Safety was able to prevent further loss. We encourage everyone at Moody to report suspicious or illegal activity immediately to Public Safety at x4357. In various places around campus, such as the parking garage, there are emergency phones and buttons that directly alert Public Safety. Please feel free to use any of these options in the event of an emergency.


08/02/10 JENKINS HALL FIRE

As you may have heard in the news, Moody’s Public Safety team responded yesterday at 12:12 a.m. to an extra alarm electrical fire in Jenkins Hall. The Chicago Fire Department extinguished the fire by approximately 1:50 a.m. Two elderly female residents were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, but are in fine condition. An elderly man also hit his head during an evacuation later in the morning. No other injuries have been reported and Jenkins Hall was evacuated. We will continue to offer assistance throughout the week to all residents by providing meals, securing the building and housing residents in Dryer and Smith Halls. The staff has been working diligently to keep residents as informed and comfortable as possible during this time.

For more information, please read the news story and press release on Moody’s website. Also, please thank God for His hand of safety on our residents and ask Him to continue to bless our efforts to manage this situation properly. Watch theDaily for continuous updates throughout the week.  


07/22/10 COMMUNITY ALERT

On Friday, July 16, a Moody employee on the Chicago campus reported a suspicious person who ducked into the parking garage as the overhead door was closing. The timely report made to Public Safety enabled Moody’s officers to locate the man and escort him out of the secured area before any harm could be done to our students, staff or property. This was an ideal scenario and makes for a good reminder to all Moody employees and students that a timely call could be all it takes to prevent a crime or accident. Be sure to call Public Safety at x4357 (HELP) immediately after you see anything suspicious or have concerns about security matters on or near our campuses.


06/23/10 ELEVATOR POLICY

New regulations require that the elevator company rescue any individual who is trapped in an elevator on Moody’s campus. In the case of an incident, please press the emergency call button in the elevator to alert Public Safety, who will then contact the elevator company. A representative should arrive on campus within one hour. If you have any questions, please contact facilities@moody.edu.  


06/21/10 WORKPLACE SAFETY REMINDER

If there is an injury in your workspace, please notify Public Safety immediately after or on the same day the injury occurs, if possible. Public Safety can be contacted 24/7 at 312-329-4357.


04/08/10 COMMUNITY ALERT

Earlier this week, a vehicle on one of Moody’s Chicago campus outside parking lots was broken into. A highly valuable electronic device was stolen from inside the vehicle. When parking, please take time to roll-up all windows, lock all doors and make sure all valuables are out of sight. All valuables should be removed from your vehicle if it is parked overnight. If you have any questions please contact psafety@moody.edu.

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