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Burglary reports increase in every Rockford P.D. district

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There are just some factors police officers have a hard time controlling, and some citizens are making it easy for car burglary crimes to happen to them, simply by leaving their doors open.

"People will walk down the street, look and they see a computer laying there, a purse laying there, or money laying in the middle console, and the door's unlocked. It's an easy access point." -says Rockford Deputy Police Chief Lori Sweeney, at this month's Compstat meeting Wednesday morning.

District 3, on Rockford's far east side, struggles with home and car burglaries. Both are up around 30% from last month, but on the bright side, arresting one burglar could potentially solve several crimes.

"Generally, when we have a residential burglar, it's not a one-time offense, that individual has done a series of them. So, when we are able to make an apprehension, we're able to connect them to several incidents that might've taken place in that location." -says District 3 Commander Lt. Dane Person.

One area of District 2, covering the near east side of Rockford, saw burglaries decrease almost 50% from June to July. A strategy that works for Sgt. Sara Ahrens is checking anyone in the area of the crime who's on parole for burglary, to make sure they were in their house the time the crime occurred.

"We want to make those kind of connections, and just make sure people are where they're supposed to be, because, if not, then we possibly have a problem." -says Ahrens.

Another problem her area faces is prostitution.

"That's kind of a complicated area for us, but we do stings, and we have great success with those."

One recent mini sting, conducted by just three officers, led to 8 arrests.

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