Safety alert issued after incident reported near Bradley campus

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PEORIA, Ill. — Bradley University Police have issued a safety alert after two students reported being threatened with a handgun early Saturday morning.

The two students told police they were sitting in a car a couple of blocks east of campus near the intersection of Main and Bourland about 3 a.m. when a teenage looking boy approached the vehicle. The boy displayed a gun and then fled with another suspect northbound on foot.

No injuries were reported.

Police the male suspect did not attempt to take any valuables or attack the victims. This is an active investigation.

The suspect with the gun was described as 16 or 17 years of age wearing a black hoodie. There was no description of the second suspect.

Bradley Police say they issued the alert to make sure the campus community and other area residents are aware of the report and urge them to take precautions.

With the new school year just getting underway, officers offered a series of tips to students in an effort for them to stay safe during their time at Bradley. They are:

– 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 7 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 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.

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