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La Crescent, Minn.

La Crescent has been ranked as the 10th safest city in Minnesota.

The accolade came from a report by real estate security consulting firm SafeWise, which used crime statistics to determine the safest cities in the state. La Crescent had 0.41 violent crimes per 1,000 people, according to FBI crime data for 2016, and 6.22 property crimes per 1,000 people.

“It’s nice that the city is getting recognized,” said La Crescent Police Chief Doug Stavenau. “We’ve always had what you could call a community policing policy in La Crescent.”

Stavenau said he enjoys the city’s friendly “small town” atmosphere and said the police have always had a close relationship to La Crescent’s residents.

The safest city in Minnesot was Elko New Market, according to the SafeWise survey. Elko New Market is located in Scott County, south of Minneapolis, and had zero violent crimes in 2016 and just 2.7 property crimes per 1,000 people. The city has a population of 4,831, compared to La Crescent’s population of 4,820.

Overall, crime has been falling in Minnesota in recent years.

The latest FBI crime report statistics show that the state has seen a 24 percent drop in murder rates and a four percent fall in property crime since 2015. Minnesota’ overall crime rate is the lowest its been in 50 years, according FBI data.

The cities that made up the top 20 safest in Minnesota published by SafeWise experienced at least 82 percent less violent crime than the national average and up to 86 per cent less property crime.


Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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