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Violent Crime Down 10% In Rock Island, IL

Posted: Updated: Feb 4, 2014 07:11 PM

 

Violent crime in Rock Island is decreasing. It's down 10% in just the last year. Offenses like criminal sexual assault, theft and arson have a decreased since 2012. 

"The people who live in Rock Island know we have a great community," said Rock Island 6th Ward Alderman Joy Murphy. "Sometimes we get a bad rap."

This is the seventh consecutive year crime statistics have gone down.

Tony Grandberry has lived in Rock Island almost his whole life. He said he's noticed a difference.

"I like the way they're doing it now, they make a lot of difference as far as people hanging out, getting into trouble," said Grandberry. "But the crime rate has dropped down."

Rock Island Chief of Police Jeff VenHuizen said they're changing the way they keep the community safe.

"There's things that we've done, random policing, patrol we've done for a number of years and have been historical to police departments," said Chief VenHuizen. "We now need to think in a different way."

That new thinking has led to a crime suppression unit and a downtown patrol. Two areas in the police department that he said helps crack down on crime.

They try to follow trends that helps them get to incidents before they happen.

"If we're having an increase in burglaries in a specific area, that's the area we're going to focus on that we're going to put the resources where they need to be," said Chief VenHuizen. "Rather than just random patrol hoping to prevent some sort of crime."

Police are crediting this decrease in crime to a proactive instead of reactive approach.

"It's always good to see that the numbers are down, but we have to be vigilant," said Chief VenHuizen. "We cannot just sit back and hope that everything remains status quo."