Friday, May 27, 2011

Rockford Made The List

Of the ten most dangerous cities in America with populations above 100,000, Rockford, Illinois came in at number 9.

Rockford has unusually high violent crime rates for a city of its size. Most notably, the city has the fourth highest rate of aggravated assault in the country, with 10.5 cases for every 1,000 citizens in 2010. During the same period, 20 murders occurred, almost double the number in 2000. Quoted by the Rockford Register Star in 2007, Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers said that he believed the city’s “location worked against [it,]” as Rockford receives traffic from the drug markets in Madison, Chicago, and Milwaukee, resulting in heightened rates of violence.
Well back in the days of Alcohol Prohibition Rockford was known for alcohol manufacturing and as a hide out for Chicago criminals. Some things never change.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

1 comment:

RadTact said...

Unemployment may also be contributing to the problem. The homeless just grew 6% year over year in my home state. There are ridiculous stories of all kinds of theft/petty crime that get more and more numerous by the month. On a national scale, there is no solution to the problem. We're pretty screwed, sorry to say.