How safe is Marshalltown?

"If it bleeds, it leads."

That is a common quote attributed to efforts by the media to drive social media views, paper sales, or ratings. In fairness, this is not a factual depiction of how the media conducts business or covers community news. However, crime stories do attract out attention. These are important public stories and they will receive a lot of media coverage.

Sometimes it feels like crime is all around you. It is all we read about and it dominates the daily news cycle. This creates a perception that our community may not be safe. Factually, our community of Marshalltown remains safe. Crime rates continue to remain low. Violent crime rates have been trending downward for many years. The odds of you being the victim of violent crime in Marshalltown is very low.

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