I Answer A Question That I Am Asked Often. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Good evening everyone, I hope everyone enjoyed their Thursday!

Many have asked me a certain question several times, so I thought I would blog a bit and explain it.

Question: Since crime is high, why do i not move from the area? 

I get asked this a lot.  So here is my answer

Answer:  Yes crime may be high. But I will never leave the Rockford area.  I am here to make a difference. By keeping people informed and to help make our area better.  Only us here in the Rockford area can make a difference here.

The more informed a person is, the better they become.  The better things around that person become as well.

In return the community will turn around and become better.

With that being said, there are a lot of cool things in the Rockford area that many places do not have. We have museums, water park, zip line park, cafes, etc…  I mean there is a lot of positive stuff that is in our area.  And I am looking forward to more things becoming established here in the future.

Yes, crime is an issue. Many people are afraid to leave their homes. Some even carry guns just to go sit out on their porches or to take the trash out.   

Yes, it is a scary time we live in, because crime is high and the police shut the public out from helping them trying to combat crime and criminals use the encryption to their advantage and get away scott free to commit more crimes.

Ask yourself, why is the local media not stepped up against the encryption? They embraced the encryption and just said send us stuff when you see it. They did not step up and say hey we are against it. Ask yourself, why?

Things are run half azz backwards with city leaders and yet I have been portrayed as the bad guy because I am the one who has the balls to actually step up and say something about the situation.  I don’t mind being portrayed as a bad guy by certain people, because it brings attention to me and my voice speaks even louder then.

Which is what I am hoping to do. Speak loudly and make positive changes in the community.  That is why I choose to stay here.  Because I grew up in the Rockford area. I choose to stay here because the citizens are awesome! I choose to stay here because we have a lot of potential and growth. I choose to stay here because we will make Rockford great again!

Things do not change overnight.  Things change with baby steps. Things change when people begin demonstrations down at the city hall and their voices are heard. Things change when those baby steps turn into giant leaps.

I am proud to live in the Rockford area. And I am proud to be one of those baby steps that will make the giant leap one day. I am proud of ALL the citizens in the Rockford area for staying and not fleeing. Even if you want to flee and can not, you are still here and can be a baby step as well. I am proud of what we will become in the future. 

So to put a long story short:  I choose to not leave Rockford because I stand proud to live in the Rockford area.  I stand tall and let my voice be heard and am not afraid to speak up.  Rockford area citizens are great people and I am proud to stand tall with each and everyone of you.





Rickie Traeger Blog: Package Thefts And A Bait Box 

Package Thefts And Bait Box 

This time of the year is when thieves hit hard. All the packages left on the doorsteps and the mailman drives away leaving your package alone and exposed to the criminal eyes.

The RPD actually just released a thing today on package thefts.

This is what everyone should do:  Build a FAKE box and put something “surprising” in it such as cat poop or other stuff.  Just something with weight in it, that you don’t mind a suspect stealing.

Put that fake box on your doorstep. The “bait box”  Make it appear you are “not home”

Make sure you have CAMERAS WATCHING IT ALL THE TIME!  A good quality camera that captures the box and the suspect. So when the suspect steals it, you have video evidence.

Send us the video of the suspect stealing the box, so we can post it!

You are probably asking why do this?  The main goal is to prevent package thefts and capturing suspects who do it!  I personally hate thieves!   Also will be video evidence to help police and also make your neighbors aware of the crime in your neighborhood and the suspect!

Yes, it is perfectly legal to do this.  All you are doing is putting a box on your private property. And recording that box on your private property. No laws state you cannot do this. So it is perfectly legal to build a  box, put it on your doorstep and video record it 🙂

Caught on camera recently in Rockford ~ http://rockfordscanner.com/2017/11/rockford-suspect-caught-on-camera-stealing-a-package-from-mailbox/

More info on recent package thefts ~ http://rockfordscanner.com/2017/11/rockford-scanner-recent-theft-of-packages-reported/

Below is the thing from the RPD warning citizens about package thefts. Might take a second for it to load.