The Rockford Police Department has seen an increase in panhandling in the city's northwest side, far east side and downtown.
The department is urging residents not to give money to panhandlers. They say that giving money encourages panhandlers to keep asking.
Police advise that donations instead be made to organizations which assist the homeless or those in need.
For information on the City of Rockford's panhandling ordinance 19-42, please see the link below: