ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Crime in Rockford typically goes up when the mercury rises, but so far this year that's not the case. The police department says there were 528 crimes reported in Rockford in May. That's down 10 percent from April. The year, to date, numbers are falling too. There have been 14% fewer crimes committed so far this year, compared to the same time last year. The Rockford Police Department says hotspot policing and monthly meetings looking at crime trends are helping keep the numbers down.
“We use a hotspot map now which feeds us live information of where the problems are and we're looking at what the type of problems are and putting resources there that we can address so we really are more moving on and deploying our resources more quickly."
Although officers say the numbers are promising, there’s still a lot of work to do. One of those areas, cutting down on the number of car burglaries which rose in May, both downtown and on the east side.