Neighborhood Watch Group Looks For New Ways to Fight Crime

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Break-ins, vandalism, and burglaries are still happening in one Rockford neighborhood despite one group's best efforts to stop crime.

"It’s like never-ending and it just keeps getting higher and higher," Heather Vecchione, the Event Planner for the Rolling Green Neighborhood Watch Group, said.

This is Heather Vecchione's neighborhood. It's quiet and well-kept but the Rolling Green area also seems to be a target of criminals.

“Every other one was home, home, burglary to a motor vehicle, burglary to a garage, it was just ridiculous,” she said.

Despite packed neighborhood watch meetings Vecchione says not much has changed since the group started holding the meetings last year. Just this month several cars on this block were broken into.

"Its high priced items that are being stolen. The GPS systems, laptops, jewelry, money, things that you shouldn't leave in your car," she said.

"A good neighborhood is one where everybody knows each other and watches out for each other. They know, we all know the habits of our neighbors, but it's when something looks out of place to call the police," Rockford Police Assistant Deputy Chief Pat Hoey, said.

Rockford Police say that's happening in Rolling Green thanks in part to sites like Facebook and Nextdoor that are keeping police and neighbors informed.

"We try to get the information out there and let them know where this is occurring, what time of day it occurred, just to keep an eye out," Vecchione said.

Rockford Police say Rolling Green has one of the best neighborhood watch groups in the city. It holds quarterly meetings, the next is in October.


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