Mankato remains a safe community. Scott Cutcher is the chief public defender for the fifth judicial district.

“Through October of 2019, the total number of major crimes were down four percent, ” said Cutcher. “Keep in mind; if you have a low number of crimes, to begin with, a low number could increase that total by 100 percent. But all in all, we live in a pretty safe community.”

Cutcher says statewide the murder, robbery and aggravated assaults were down and reported rapes increased in 2019.