After a violent start to 2016, crime rates have dropped in all three of Rockford’s Geo-Policing districts.
The Rockford Police Department reported, in Wednesday’s CompStat meeting, that aggravated battery/shots fired calls, robberies, and thefts all dropped in February. The most significant decline being robberies in District One, which consists of the territory west of the Rock River. The number of robbery incidents dropped from 30 in the month of January, to just six, last month.
District commanders attribute the reduction to new strategies to help fight the crimes. “We work with our crime analysts, who are invaluable to our police department,” said Lt. Joel Givens of the Rockford Police Department. “They try to pinpoint and speculate and actually look at the different types of crime patterns, and that allows us… to try to be able to get with the officers and actually formulate plans and strategies.”
The only crime statistic that went up in February was motor vehicle burglaries.