Reported Annual Crime In West Des Moines

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWest Des Moines/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,547n/a (estimate)2,3802,3332,860
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWest Des Moines/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder0n/a0.02.34.9
Rape21n/a32.337.038.6
Robbery16n/a24.633.5101.9
Assault92n/a141.5213.2237.8
Violent crime129n/a (estimate)198286373
Burglary170n/a261.5476.7491.4
Theft1,188n/a1,827.51,431.61,775.4
Vehicle theft60n/a92.3139.0220.2
Property crime1,418n/a (estimate)2,1812,0472,487
The table above provides a full overview of all reported crimes in West Des Moines, IA for the year. The sum of recorded criminal acts in West Des Moines, IA is displayed; for comparisons, each offense is also shown in regards to the amount of offenses per 100,000 people. Along with this, they are separated into multiple categories: violent crimes and property crimes. The crime data reveals that the overall West Des Moines, IA crime rates are 2% higher than in comparison to the Iowa mean and are 17% lower than the nation's mean. In regards to violent offenses, West Des Moines, IA has a rate that is 31% lower than the Iowa average; compared to the United States, it is 47% lower than. Looking at crimes involving property, West Des Moines, IA is 7% higher than its state's mean, and 12% lower than the country's average.

Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in West Des Moines is 17% lower than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 6.52 daily crimes that occur in West Des Moines.
  • West Des Moines is safer than 50% of the cities in the United States.
  • In West Des Moines you have a 1 in 43 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in West Des Moines has decreased by 12%.

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Daily Crime In West Des Moines (per 100,000 people)

The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in West Des Moines, IA per 100,000 residents. Additionally, daily crime statistics are also listed for Iowa as well as national figures. In West Des Moines, IA the total number of daily crimes is 1.02 times more than the Iowa average and 1.20 times less than the national average. Violent crime statistics in West Des Moines, IA are 1.44 times less than the Iowa average and 1.88 times less than the national average. Regarding crimes committed against personal property, West Des Moines, IA has a daily crime rate that is 1.07 times more than the Iowa average and 1.14 times less than the daily national average.

How Safe is West Des Moines (higher is better)

How safe is West Des Moines, IA compared to other cities in Iowa and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that West Des Moines, IA is safer than 49% of the cities in Iowa and 50% of the cities in the United States. These results are determined by analyzing all cities in Iowa and across the US as a whole and determining how many total cities have a lower crime rate than West Des Moines, IA. Overall, West Des Moines, IA is ranked above average compared to all other cities across the United States.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in West Des Moines

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in West Des Moines is 1 in 504
The chance of being a victim of property crime in West Des Moines is 1 in 46
The chance of being a victim of crime in West Des Moines is 1 in 43
Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in West Des Moines, IA? The graphics above display the likelihood of becoming victimized by an illegal act such as a crime including violence or property damage. If you reside in West Des Moines, IA, the likelihood that you will suffer a violent crime is 1 in 504. These sorts of violent crimes include murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Illegal actions against property are represented by a likelihood of 1 in 46 that you become a victim. These sorts of crimes against personal property include burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in West Des Moines, IA is 1 in 43.

Year Over Year Crime In West Des Moines (per 100,000 people)

An ideal indicator of whether West Des Moines, IA is becoming a safer or more dangerous residential area or not is an analysis of the crime rate in the area from year to year. In the above illustration, the year to year crime rates are visualized per 100,000 people for property, violent, and total crime. Year to year rate of violent crime in West Des Moines, IA has increased by 6% and the rate of property crime in West Des Moines, IA has decreased by 13%. The total crime rate in West Des Moines, IA has decreased by 12% year to year.

West Des Moines police department

ItemWest Des MoinesIowaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)773,838556,527
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.31.83.3
There are a total of 77 West Des Moines police officers. This results in 1.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 26.6% less than the Iowa average and 59.5% less than the National average.

Sex offenders in Iowa

StateTotal offendersIowa /100KNational /100K
Iowa5,765196222
There are a total of 5,765 sex offenders in Iowa. This yields a total of 196 sex offenders in Iowa per 100,000 residents which is 12% less than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Saylorville, IA2,94464460524
Polk City, IA3,77076543619
Granger, IA1,40879564643
Van Meter, IA1,46390643733
Dallas Center, IA1,75790646736
West Des Moines, IA59,8151982,1812,380

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Mansfield, TX59,757911,5261,617
Springfield, OR59,8823324,4444,776
Grand Junction, CO59,7314254,4184,842
West Des Moines, IA59,8151982,1812,380
Source: The West Des Moines, IA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2015. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.