Mayor McNamara: Violent crime on the rise in Rockford

Shots-fired calls were up 29% from January to July
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 5:23 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara shared crime statistics in Rockford are trending in the wrong direction.

Police report 1,518 violent crimes so far this year compared to 1,441 in 2020. Shots-fired calls were up 29% from January to July. McNamara says Rockford Police have recovered 308 guns this year alone.

“This has been an accumulation of a number of things. One, many of the programs are back in place for youth. Number two, our police department has really been targeted on our most violent offenders while simultaneously putting an emphasis on engaging our community on every opportunity.” McNamara says.

McNamara also spoke about driving on Rockford streets, in particular on Broadway. 30 speeding tickets were recently given out. Broadway is a 35 mph zone. He says speeds were up to 75 mph.

Other key statistics:

Property crimes dropped 11% from 2,837 last year to 2,513 this year.

Auto thefts rose 15% to 295 cases compared to 256 at this point last year.

Shots fired increased 14% to 484 cases, up from 426 in 2020.

RPD recovered 308 guns, 84% more compared to this time last year when it was 167 guns found.

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