Local crime rates have dropped slightly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott Cutcher is the chief public defender for the fifth judicial district.

“Everything is down, albeit not significantly,” said Cutcher. “Granted when you’re talking about 1100 cases it doesn’t take much to change the numbers one way or another.”

Cutcher says nationally overall crime is down, with one notable exception.

“In some of the bigger cities overall crime is down 20 to 30 percent, which you wouldn’t expect,” said Cutcher. “But the shootings and the murder rates have trended upward.”

Cutcher says nationally the increase in murders and shootings has mainly occurred in the months of June and July.