I don’t have the desire to investigate any further but there are multiple sites claiming a spike in violent crimes in Indianola over the past decade. I mean I’m in downtown Des Moines all the time where there’s a much higher chance of being assaulted and feel perfectly safe there so I wouldn’t ever feel unsafe visiting Indianola, but what would motivate all these sites to fabricate crime data?
There's an area on the northeast side of town where a sh*tty developer put in some townhomes for low-income renters about a decade ago. I'd be willing to bet any spike in violent crime data has a lot to do with that and most of those incidents are concentrated at those developments. Police spend a disproportionate amount of time/calls dealing with those townhomes.