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Being a resident for close to four months, I know how passionate residents are about Rockford. Now, it is your chance to be one of those people and help make this place safer. 

There is a public meeting set for Thursday at the Khlem Arboretum from 5:30 to 7 PM which brings local law enforcement and the public, according to WTVO.

This meeting is meant to let residents know that everyone is working together to make Rockford a better place.

There has been a rise in youth crimes in the area. Three robberies took place within an eight hour period on Monday. None of those crimes led to any arrests yet. This crime is making people a little uneasy. One of the problems the police have is dealing with so many issues.

"We have to deal with domestic violence, we have to deal with the youth violence, we have to deal with the child abuse. We have to deal with the gun crimes, the robberies, the drug crimes, the heroin epidemic...” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. “There's so many concerns."

Can they do this on their own? The answer is no. And that is where you can come in and help. Attend the meeting and have your voice heard.

If you can't attend the meeting, there is a website that you can fill out a survey that will close on September 16th. Click here.