Crime in Rockford is as diverse as the city itself.
There's a renewed focus on where those crimes being committed and what is being done to make the city safer.
With crime statistics all across the board Rockford police set areas of improvement or goals that will help them stop offenders and bring numbers down.
"High visibility, having a lot of traffic out there, a lot of our officers high visibility and stopping those cars. That's a way to kind of get a little control of it," said Sweeney.
According to Deputy Chief Lori Sweeney, it's this technique that lead to a drop in crimes on Rockford's westside.
Other areas of the city had numbers go in the opposite direction.
"District two had a slight increase of burglaries and aggravated battery/shots fired drove those numbers for district 2," said Sweeney.
District three on Rockford's far east side saw increases in both theft from vehicles and shoplifting. It's these types of crimes that Sweeney says keeps the police busy.
"For us it's always the crimes that are against public safety so you think about robberies, burglaries, shots fired, those are driving numbers for us. It's a concern to the public and its a safety issue for them," said Sweeney.
Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey stresses the importance of working with agencies such as the Rockford Housing Authority and building other relationships with organizations to suppress crime increases citywide.
"Having a safe community, a prosperous community requires some great partnerships, requires some focused efforts. That's why we have these meetings, we analyze data," said Mayor Morrissey.
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