Safety Alerts


Safety Alert - October 11, 2022

Dear Bradley Campus Community,

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

On Saturday, Oct. 8, between approximately 12:56 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., two suspects stole a parked, unsecured, and unattended vehicle from the Visitor Lot, located at 1310 W. St. James Street.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, at approximately 8:06 p.m., in a parking lot in the St. James Apartment Complex, two suspects parked a stolen vehicle. The vehicle had been stolen earlier in the day from a business parking lot in the 1800 block of N. Knoxville Ave.

Between approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, and 12:10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, two suspects attempted to steal two parked, unattended vehicles from a parking lot in the St. James Apartment Complex. One vehicle was secured while the other was believed to have been left unlocked. 

At this time it is unknown if the suspects in these crimes are related. 


Information about the race or ethnicity of alleged suspects is provided only to 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 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., use the Hilltop Safety Cruiser program by using the Cruiser App or 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 Campus Safety Alert is issued via email when a Clery Act crime occurs within Bradley University's Clery Act geography but does not require immediate action by recipients. 

To learn more about the BUPD visit the police page online and follow the BUPD on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram @BradleyUPolice.