ENM recognized as safest city

The Elko New Market City Council presented a plaque to the city’s Police Department at its Thursday, Feb. 22, meetings as the community topped the list of the 20 Safest Cities in Minnesota. Pictured from left are Officers Eve Rudolph, Craig Bell, Melissa Wirtz, Josh Gareis, Chief Steve Mortenson, Officer John Machaby, Mayor Bob Crawford, council members Josh Berg, Kate Timmerman and Joe Julius. Missing is council member Trish Timmons.

The Elko New Market City Council began its Thursday, Feb. 22, meeting by recognizing the members of the city’s Police Department. The council presented a plaque to the department as the community was recently recognized by SafeWise as number one of its 20 Safest Cities in Minnesota.

SafeWise, a home security company, looked at towns that had populations of at least 2,500 residents. They reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery). In case there was a tie they also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larcenytheft, and motor vehicle theft). They also calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city.

SafeWise found that Elko New Market, with a population of 4,800, reported no violent crimes and just 2.7 property crimes per 1,000 people.

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