Interim police chief presents crime statistics

Interim Rockford Police Chief Dominic Iasparro submitted the following crime statistics for the City of Rockford for 2005.

The overall crime rate in the City of Rockford dropped 6.60 percent for Part 1 crimes—the most serious ones. The murder rate rose to 19, up significantly from 2004; however, Part II crimes showed a decrease of 3.85 percent. Total calls for service increased slightly. During the past 10 years, the overall crime rate for the City of Rockford has dropped more than 20 percent.

Some of the statistics listed by the department showed these changes from 2004 to 2005: homicides up from 9 to 19 (111.11 percent); aggravated criminal sexual assault, down from 139 to 115 (-17.2 percent) robbery, down from 508 to 505 (-0.59 percent); aggravated assault, up from 713 to 748 (4.91 percent); burglary, down from 2,608 to 2,384 (-9.36 percent); burglary to vehicle and theft, down from 7,114 to 6,728 (-5.43 percent); vehicle theft, down from 1,099 to 910 (-17.20 percent).

Iasparro wished to thank the Mayor, City Council members and all City departments for their support and working as partners with officers of the Rockford Police to address issues of crime in this community.

“I would also like to personally thank all the Neighborhood Watch Groups, community organizations and citizens of this community for their support of the Department,” he said. “Without their assistance, we would be unable to do our job. Most importantly, I would like to thank and commend all the men and women of the Rockford Police Department for their dedication and hard work while performing their sworn duties. The citizens of this community should be very proud.”

From the Feb. 8-14, 2006, issue

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