THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW Dogs must be kept in a secure fenced in yard or on a leash while outside your home. Leash laws exist to protect the public and your pets. First offense $100: Subsequent offenses $500 each. You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog if it defecates in another yard or on public property. If found guilty of not doing so, a judge will determine the fine. Keep your lawn under the City's 10 inch height limit to avoid fines and fees if the city has to mow it for you. Do not set your trash out to the curb days ahead of pick up and remember to bring your cans back in after the trash is picked up. City ordinances suggest setting garbage cans and/ or bags at the curb or alley no earlier than 3 P.M.. the night before pick up and no later than 6A.M.. the day of pick up. All containers must be removed from the curb or alley and returned to a storing location by 8A.M. the day following pick up. Parking your vehicle on the curb or on a driveway that blocks a sidewalk, parking on the street blocking another driveway, parking in the same spot for 48 hours or more or parking on the wrong side of the street if even for a short period of time is a violation subject to ticketing. Parking on the wrong side of the street during the odd/even snow removal restrictions is a $150.00 parking violation. Rockford drivers need to be aware that the City of Rockford has a Vehicle Noise Ordinance which stipulates that sound from a vehicle cannot be heard from more than 75 feet away. First time penalties are $150 plus an additional $129 for towing and impound fees. The fine increases to $300 for a second offense and $750 for a third offense plus towing and impound fees. Impounded vehicles will be towed to the Greater Rockford Auto Auction - 5937 Sandy Hollow Road
Free Home Safety Assessment Did you know the Rockford Police Department offers free home safety assessments? A Certified Crime Prevention Officer does each security survey, which takes approximately an hour. The officer will assess your landscaping, looking for areas where would be burglars could hide or break in without being seen. Your outdoor lighting will also be evaluated to see if there are ways you can make it more effective. The security of your locks, doors, and windows will also be checked. The officer will provide advice on specific ways you can improve the overall security of your home. So if you're concerned about crime in your area, want to keep your home and possessions as safe as possible, or simply want to lower your odds of becoming a burglary statistic, take the time to schedule your free home security survey. Security surveys are by appointment only. To schedule one, call Officer Hughes at 815-967-6715.
POLICE ADVISORY The following advisory has been issued by the Rockford Police Department: During the past months several elderly residents have been victims of Burglaries when a male subject comes to their residence during the day and diverts their attention while a burglary occurs. In most recent cases a suspect will knock at the door of the elderly victim residence and tell the homeowner that they have just purchased property adjacent to the target home. The suspect asks the victim to come outside so they can show them the location of the construction. While the elderly person is being distracted outside the house another subject enters this residence targeting jewelry and cash. In some other cases hand held radios have been used by the suspects to communicate with each other speaking in foreign language. Residents should be aware of this type of scam and notify the police immediately if someone suspicious comes to their residence. The most recent cases have targeted victims in the South East and North East Areas Rockford. The suspects’ description have been hispanic or white males 30-40 years of age well dressed, possibly driving unknown colored trucks or vans. Contact information: Deputy Chief Gregory Lindmark Investigations, 815-987-5876 firstname.lastname@example.org
NEIGHBORHOOD BILL OF RIGHTS 1.The right to a peaceful & tranquil neighborhood. 2. The right to a clean & healthy environment. 3.The right to expect neighbors and landlords to maintain their properties in accordance with generally accepted community standards,and so they do not reduce the value of neighboring properties. 4. The right to a neighborhood free of illegal drugs, violence, crime and vandalism. 5. The right to safe streets where drivers observe driving laws, drive cautiously and are alert to the presence of children and other pedestrians. 6. The right to fair, equitable and courteous representation by our various elected officials and their staffs. 7. The right to respect our individual and collective properties and persons. 8.Respect for cultural differences prevalent in our multi-cultural neighborhoods. 9. The right to a fair and equitable proportion of tax dollars allocated for infrastructure, etc. 10. The right to a neighborhood free from fear and intimidation.
Local Burglary & Theft Statistics Officer Hughes reminds us to report ANY break-ins or attempted break-ins to the police, even if nothing was taken. Knowing where crime is occurring will help police efforts to find the criminals and also alerts the police to problem areas. Please keep our Association apprised of crime by mentioning it at a meeting or posting it to ourComment Section on this website.
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