ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — According to the City of Rockford, crime continues to drop across the city, as evidenced by the City’s quarterly RockStat crime report.
“As you see success, success builds on success, so you continue to see downward trends,” said Police Chief Dan O’Shea on Wednesday. “We’re reaching double digit decreases in violent crime, robberies, and property crimes.”
According to the City, violent crimes are down 21 percent over the same timeframe in 2018.
O’Shea credits the drop in crime to the Rockford City Council, for giving the Rockford Police Department more money, and also credits the citizens of Rockford, for coming forward with tips.
“That plays into solvability (sic), because people who trust police are more willing to speak with police,” O’Shea said.
Rockford Police say they have solved six out of the eight murders the city has seen so far this year. Two of those happened this month.
Pamela Forsling, with the Citizens Assisting Police program, thinks more arrests will lead to an even bigger decrease.
“I believe that’s what happening. Maybe, if people realized that they will get arrested and something will be taken care of, that maybe, they’ll think twice about (committing a crime).”
Rockford has a reputation as being a city with a high crime rate, but O’Shea wants people to realize that every call police respond to doesn’t mean a crime is happening.
“There is no changing the numbers. Our calls for service, the numbers are recorded. I understand some people … don’t understand that a dispatch log, if you will, from the 9-1-1 center is not what the police reports end up (reporting),” he said.
Aggravated assaults, robbery, and property taxes are all down compared to the same period in 2018, according to the City.