As Rockford continues to deal with a recent uptick in violent crimes, a new report places two Forest City neighborhoods among the most dangerous in the country.
The list, compiled by the website ArrestRecords.com, placed the area of N. Rockton Ave. and W. State Street as the 18th most dangerous neighborhood, while the area of 7th street and Jefferson came in at #5.
The list took into account six factors:
– crimes statistics
– arrests by police
– population density
– increase in crime over the past year
– and the chances of becoming a victim of a crime.
The report found that at E. Jefferson and 7th St., 90 out of every 1,000 residents become a victim of a crime. The report also showing that assaults doubled in the area of Rockton and W. State in the last year alone.
Residents admit they feel a little nervous in the area, but say you just have to pay attention to your surroundings.
“When we came into this neighborhood [about 15 years ago] it was quiet,” Steve Bush said Sunday. “You didn’t have police coming through here a lot because it wasn’t a high crime area at that time.”
“You just [have to] keep your eye out on things and just watch your step,” Damien Hoff said.
The two Rockford neighborhoods made it higher on the list than any neighborhood in Chicago.
You can see the full list here.