Have you seen Red X's showing up on buildings in Rockford? Don't freak out, there is nothing to worry about.

The Red-X's are part of a program that has been in place for the last six months by Rockford Fire Department. They have been appearing on abandoned properties and indicated the building may have structural problems. So far 80 houses have been labelled with the Red X, and more could be soon as the City of Rockford has over 4000 vacant buildings.

WIFR-TV is reporting that the Red X program was instituted by the Rockford FD to inform firefighters that a building has some structural weaknesses. It is important that fire [personnel know this before entering the building.

Also, this lets neighbors know that the building is abandoned and could be demolished in the future.

The City of Chicago has had a similar program in place since 2014/