Rockford, Illinois News

Violent crime up 8% in Rockford

ROCKFORD — For the first time in three years, violent crime in Rockford is trending in the wrong direction.

Between January and March 2021, violent crime is up 8% compared to the same time last year, according to statistics released Monday by the City of Rockford.

Monday’s number also show that domestic violence continues to plague the city. Officials say 42% of the violent crimes reported so far this year have been domestic related. That’s a 7-percent increase from January-March 2020.

Aggravated assaults, auto thefts and shots-fired reports are all up while robberies and property crimes fell by 10%.

“We must put an end to the crime, especially gun violence, in this community,” the City of Rockford said in a social-media release. “Police can’t do it alone. We need the community’s help. If you see something or know something, please speak up.”