ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Fear of retaliation is one of the biggest issues plaguing neighbors on Rockford's Northwest side.
More than 100 people turned up at Rockford Memorial Hospital for a Northwest Neighborhood Meeting.
Some of the biggest problems they complained about were burglaries, speeding cars and noise ordinance violations. Many say they'd like to see a greater police presence on their block. One neighbor said some watch captains have been threatened for organizing a watch group. Rockford resident Shannon Terpstra says those groups are necessary to bring police and residents together.
"I think it's important for people to know its not just law enforcement that needs to work on this, we have to work collectively together, community and law enforcement to make everything safer," Terpstra said.
Area alderman and county board members came to support residents in their efforts to reduce crime.