ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) – Rockford’s mayor reacts to the recent outbreak of violence in the Forest City.
In the last week, three people have been shot and killed. There also was a string of home invasions. Mayor Tom McNamara says he understands residents are concerned for their safety, but he stressed, people not involved in high-risk behaviors, are not likely to be targeted.
Crime stats show overall violent crime has dropped in the city by 20% in the last two years. Those numbers draw sharp criticism from some members of the public.
“Those folks, in our community, who decide they don’t want to believe the stats, are really saying, the individuals out there, and their entire family, is that they don’t believe in the work that they are doing, and that they think that they’re hiding something,” said Mayor McNamara. “There is no benefit, to any of us, to hide that, because at the end of the year, those stats would catch up with you.”
Mayor McNamara also encourages residents to continue to call police if neighbors see something suspicious.