Evanston police are partnering with Northwestern University police to step up patrols in and near the 1800 block of Chicago Avenue.

The move is in response to several incidents where female victims have experienced various levels of harassment by male offenders in that area, the two departments announced today.

They are urging students in the area to be aware of their surroundings, particularly if they are wearing headphones. Turn the volume down on the headphones so that they can be aware of activity near them, the departments advise.

They are also advising students to use public transportation or ride sharing services, as appropriate.

To further increase safety, NUPD is advising members of the Northwestern community to download the NUHelp App for available resources and to use Safe Ride and Safe Walk.

Both departments are advising the public to report any suspicious activity to the appropriate department.

The EPD non-emergency number is (847)866-5000. NUPD can be contacted by calling (847)491-3456. In the event of an emergency, call 911, they advise.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Assault while on electroics

    Anyone spending time around NU or downtown realized that the more than 50% of students walk with their heads buried in their electrronics [texting, phone, changing music stations. Not  only are they unaware of people coming towards [or behind them] but even walking into traffic unaware of cars, bikes, pedestrians. Odds are some of these crimes are against those who had no idea criminals watch them—they are to lost in the “Matrix.”

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