Weed & Seed Crime Down

A Rockford neighborhood, known for its high crime rate, is showing signs of improvement.

In October of 2005, the Ellis Heights area on the city's west side became part of the crime prevention program, weed and seed. Police increased patrol and partnered with residents to improve the neighborhood.

Since June of last year, there's been a nearly 60% drop in the number of reported crimes. Residents we spoke with say they're seeing improvements too but they want to see more people get on board to keep the momentum going.

One other way the neighborhood is getting safer is through special outdoor lighting and locks police are offering residents. If you're interested in getting these, call the police department.

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  • by Cathline Location: 61107 on Aug 12, 2008 at 05:58 AM
    I think the weed and seed program is a bad joke. All that has happened is the thugs and crime has been spread out into areas where they were not wanted. Now good areas are going bad and people have to live in fear. We are stuck with these people around us. The landlord do not care, but if was the house next to theirs they would not want them there around them and their kids.
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