ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford police report that crime rates are down in the area.
“We are reaching double digit decreases in violent crimes, robberies, and property crimes,” says Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea.
From January to May of this year violent crimes have gone down by 21%, shots fired have gone down 23%, and aggravated assaults are down 20%.
However, 54% of those aggravated assaults dealt with domestic violence. Police are hopeful that new initiatives by the city, like the Family Peace Center, will help minimize the issue.
“We continue to build on what we have been doing for the last three years,” says Chief O’Shea. “As you see success that success builds on success.”
Though police do everything in their power to solve and prevent these crimes, they say help from the community is just as important.
“The reason why we are locking up violent offenders is because of the partnerships we have with the community,” says Chief O’Shea.
Neighborhood watch members agree.
“You can’t just expect that the police or the mayor or all of those people are going to do everything. We have to work with them,” says neighborhood watch leader Linda Ksiazek.
Though these numbers are promising, police say there is still a long way to go.
“We are never going to have zero shootings in the city of Rockford, that is not realistic. But if we can continue to cut it down by 20% and 20%, we will get pretty close,” says O’Shea.