Talk about your "good news/bad news" scenarios. The good news is that 6 Illinois cities, with populations of at least 10,000 people, are regarded among the safest cities in America by home security provider Safewise. The bad news? Rockford did not make the list.

Safewise based their study on the amount of violent and property crimes using data provided by the FBI.

Emily Olson, writing at Reboot Illinois, gives us a look at the safest Illinois cities (their Illinois ranking is listed first, followed by their overall national ranking):

  • Campton Hills (1) (10)
  • Western Springs (2) (16)
  • Lindenhurst (3) (25)
  • Channahon (4) (62)
  • Lake in the Hills (5) (76)
  • Bartlett (6) (93)

We can all pitch in to help reduce the crime rate here in the Rockford area. If you see something, call the police. If you're not comfortable doing that, call Rockford Crimestoppers. Every little bit helps, and it may eventually get our name on the safest cities list.

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