Crime at RHA properties up in October

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Crime has increased at several Rockford Housing Authority locations, somewhat as a result of inspections initiated by RHA.

The Rockford Housing Authority hired a private company to manage some of its properties beginning November 1. As part of the transition, RHA tried to make sure safety standards were being met. According to the Rockford Police crime rose at Blackhawk Courts and Orton Keyes in October.

RHA says this is part of a continued effort to reinforce measures it has implemented in order to increase compliance with the rules and encourage tenants to achieve self-sufficiency and independence.

Police say aggravated battery and gun fire have increased near Blackhawk Courts. In October officers went door to door with metro police, which is in charge of patrolling RHA properties.

Several people were evicted. Police plan on working with the department to make sure the properties are patrolled around the clock. That includes increased drives through Orton Keyes because of weapon violations.

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