Vandalism Reports Often Low Priority for Police

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We got a tip from Facebook that cars were being broken into in South East Rockford, but police weren't responding to 911 calls.

We talked to the police to find out what’s going on.

Stacy Adams had just gotten home from the hospital after giving birth to a baby girl last Monday. When her husband returned from getting her medicine at the pharmacy, he discovered her car's windshield had been bashed in.

It happened between 2:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon in broad daylight. Other cars along the street were also hit. Adams wanted to have a report to give her insurance company so she could get the car fixed while she was staying home with the baby. When she called the police nothing happened.

Adams said, "They said they weren't going to send a police officer out; that it was low priority. They'd call back with a police report number. [I] Never got a call back."

A quarter of all 911 calls are for property damage, but because the police department is so busy handling more serious crimes there's just not enough manpower. An officer won't be sent out to the scene unless there's some sort of physical evidence, like blood, but you have to tell them that when you call 911.

There can be backlogs of up to a hundred calls for property damage. Police Department volunteers will call you back and give you a report number for insurance, but that might take up to three days. Police say they understand why people get frustrated, but they're doing the best they can.

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  • by sarah Location: southwest rockford on Nov 22, 2011 at 04:39 AM
    I don't expect a police officer to be sent over asap because of a broken window but they need to take more actions agianst these people out commiting these crimes! Also neighbors should report any crimes they see in their area.
  • by sarah Location: southwest rockford on Nov 22, 2011 at 04:35 AM
    I don't expect a police officer to be sent over asap because of a broken window but they need to take more actions agianst these people out commiting these crimes! Also neighbors should report any crimes they see in their area.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    does not suprise me that its low priorty to them now what would happen if one of the cars was the the chiefs car or someone else on the force i dont think it would be low priorty hmmmmmmm
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockford on Nov 16, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    Todd, thats a great point. The good ol' broken windows theory. You fix all the small problems and the rest of the problems will fix themselves. Thats about the biggest crock I have ever heard. On a different note, WIFR reported that the people who expect to get a call back from the police will receive a call within 3 days or so (thats paraphrasing of course.) WIFR, have you talked with the people who have been waiting for a call back for several weeks or months? There are hundreds of those still pending with the police dept!!!
  • by Todd Location: Rockford on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:52 PM
    Look up "brokenwindow" policing..that would first explain where Chief "I got a phony award" has went wrong.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    this is why I am glad I live outside of rockford, county officers cover my area. this week someone kicked in my door but found out someone was home so they ran but within 15 minutes we had police here checking it out and fillin out a report also there have been an increase of patrols in our neighborhood. I really appreciate all their help, if only the insurance company would be as helpful things would be o.k.
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