Reported Annual Crime In Costa Mesa

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCosta Mesa/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,659n/a (estimate)4,1132,9462,745
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCosta Mesa/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder1n/a0.94.65.3
Rape61n/a53.937.241.7
Robbery128n/a113.0143.298.0
Assault171n/a151.0264.2248.9
Violent crime361n/a (estimate)319449383
Burglary620n/a547.4446.9430.4
Theft3,158n/a2,788.11,623.91,694.4
Vehicle theft520n/a459.1425.9237.4
Property crime4,298n/a (estimate)3,7952,4972,362
The table above offers a complete overview of all reported annual crimes in Costa Mesa, CA. The total number of reported crimes in Costa Mesa, CA is shown and for comparison purposes, each crime is also displayed based on the number of crimes per 100,000 people. The crimes are also broken down into two categories; violent crimes and property crimes. The table shows that the overall Costa Mesa, CA crime rate is 40% higher than the California average and is 50% higher than the national average. Looking at violent crime specifically, Costa Mesa, CA has a violent crime rate that is 29% lower than the California average and 17% lower than the national average. For property crime, Costa Mesa, CA is 52% higher than the California average and 61% higher than the national average.

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The Costa Mesa crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Costa Mesa as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with low crime compared to the areas with high crime. The Costa Mesa crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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  • The overall crime rate in Costa Mesa is 50% higher than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 11.27 daily crimes that occur in Costa Mesa.
  • Costa Mesa is safer than 22% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Costa Mesa you have a 1 in 25 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Costa Mesa has decreased by 9%.

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Daily Crime In Costa Mesa (per 100,000 people)

The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Costa Mesa, CA per 100,000 people. For comparison purposes, the number of daily crimes is also reported for California and on a national level. In Costa Mesa, CA the total number of daily crimes is 1.40 times more than the California average and 1.50 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Costa Mesa, CA is 1.41 times less than the California average and 1.20 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Costa Mesa, CA has a daily crime rate that is 1.52 times more than the California average and 1.61 times more than the national average.

How Safe is Costa Mesa (higher is better)

Many people wonder how safe they are in Costa Mesa, CA in comparison to other notable cities in the state of California as well as in comparison to the rest of the nation. Using the gauges above, which document and compare safety in Costa Mesa, CA to other cities in the state and across the country, Costa Mesa, CA is 25% safer than other cities of California and 22% safer than other cities in the nation. When referring to the results, which show crime scores in California cities and all around the United States, Costa Mesa, CA has a ranking of below average in comparison to other cities in the country, which is determined my comparing Costa Mesa, CA crime rate to all the other cities investigated.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Costa Mesa

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Costa Mesa is 1 in 314
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Costa Mesa is 1 in 27
The chance of being a victim of crime in Costa Mesa is 1 in 25
Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Costa Mesa, CA? The illustrations above show how likely you are to become a victim of violent crime, property crime or any crime. In Costa Mesa, CA you have a 1 in 314 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 27 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 25 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Costa Mesa, CA.

Year Over Year Crime In Costa Mesa (per 100,000 people)

Determining whether Costa Mesa, CA is growing less or more safe for inhabitants is most easily done by comparing yearly crime rates. Graphs - like the one above - show crimes by crime type per 100,000 residents. They are displayed by crime types of violent, property, and total, in order to give a better overview of yearly crime rates. Costa Mesa, CA has decreased by 6% in violent crimes. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 9% year over year. Total crimes for Costa Mesa, CA has decreased by 9% in the same time frame.

Costa Mesa police department

ItemCosta MesaCaliforniaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)19851,506558,732
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.83.63.3
There are a total of 198 Costa Mesa police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 51.3% less than the California average and 45.9% less than the National average.

Sex offenders in California

StateTotal offendersCalifornia /100KNational /100K
California68,119197222
There are a total of 68,119 sex offenders in California. This yields a total of 197 sex offenders in California per 100,000 residents which is 11% less than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Laguna Woods, CA16,34725779803
Aliso Viejo, CA50,21985758843
Laguna Niguel, CA64,98482872954
Lake Forest, CA80,6581588991,057
Mission Viejo, CA96,1781041,0001,104
Rossmoor, CA10,9331719511,122
North Tustin, CA26,2081941,0791,273
Costa Mesa, CA112,4393193,7954,113

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Miami Gardens, FL112,5147863,2654,051
Lehigh Acres, FL112,2796574,0474,705
Round Rock, TX112,7671362,1672,303
Carlsbad, CA112,0082141,9152,129
Elgin, IL111,9191991,4001,599
Costa Mesa, CA112,4393193,7954,113
Source: The Costa Mesa, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2017. 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.
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