The Cost of Crime

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Armed robberies certainly take an emotional toll--they also can be quite expensive for the community.

Through the beginning of September there were almost 17 hundred robberies and burglaries in Rockford this year. They've cost the city and local businesses thousands of dollars.

Every homicide costs the Rockford Police Department about 2-million dollars. While it's not as easy to put a dollar amount on every break-in there's no doubt that businesses pay.

Beefing up security, training staff, and closing down early all cost something, especially when customers are too afraid to show up. Marie's Pizza has been closed since Saturday night and that means lost revenue.

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime on average a robber will only walk away from a crime with nine hundred dollars. A robbery will cost business and law enforcement about 19 thousand dollars.

Rockford Police say most armed robberies happen at night between 7:30 and 10:30.

Private security systems for small business can cost anywhere from 300 to thousands of dollars with a monthly fee.


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  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Oct 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    Every homicide costs 2 million dollars. PPPLLLEEEAAASSSEEE. If thats the case the whole police department should be fired and start over. The problem is too many resources assigned to a homicide. 1 detective, use resonable means to track and call it a day. Collecting everything including the kitchen sink out of a home for evidence is ridiculous. Having 50 law enformement people present is idiotic and contaminates a crime scene. The list of waste in these situations is endless. The amount of OVERTIME abuse is endless. I know of police officers that purposely try to arrest someone right before shift change so they can collect overtime to do the paperwork and reports. Fix the problem people. Fix the problem.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    There is no reason our community should have to pay for this given the fact that criminals have to pay rediculous court fines for committing simple misdemeanors.
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