Rockford Crime

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) -- Rockford officials say new statistics show crime is down across the northern Illinois city.

Compared to last year, the city of about 155,000 people had 29 fewer sexual assaults, 17 fewer robberies and 325 fewer burglaries.

Officials credit the decline to crime-fighting strategies like more drug and curfew arrests. Officials say there's also better technology being used.

According to the police department's annual report, authorities upgraded technology for analyzing and predicting future crime.

Mayor Larry Morrissey says Rockford has had one of the highest crime rates in Illinois. But he says the decrease means the new approach is working.

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