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Total crime 40%
Violent crime 21%
Property crime 51%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCosta Mesa/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,136n/a (estimate)3,6172,8282,580
Murder3n/a2.64.45.0
Rape75n/a65.639.242.6
Robbery110n/a96.2137.386.2
Assault156n/a136.4266.5246.8
Violent crime344n/a (estimate)301447381
Burglary515n/a450.3416.2376.0
Theft2,975n/a2,601.51,571.81,594.6
Vehicle theft302n/a264.1392.4228.9
Property crime3,792n/a (estimate)3,3162,3802,200

Key findings

  • Costa Mesa crime rates are 40% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Costa Mesa are 21% lower than the national average
  • In Costa Mesa you have a 1 in 28 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Costa Mesa is safer than 26% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Costa Mesa has decreased by 18%

Costa Mesa crime map

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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 lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Costa Mesa crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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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. In Costa Mesa, the total number of daily crimes is 1.28 times more than the California average and 1.40 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Costa Mesa is 1.49 times less than the California average and 1.27 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Costa Mesa has a daily crime rate that is 1.39 times more than the California average and 1.51 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Costa Mesa (higher is better)

      Is Costa Mesa safe in comparison to other cities in the state of California as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Costa Mesa to other cities in the state and across the country, Costa Mesa is 33% safer than other cities of California and 26% safer than other cities in the nation. Costa Mesa has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      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 333
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Costa Mesa is 1 in 31
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Costa Mesa is 1 in 28
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Costa Mesa? In Costa Mesa, CA you have a 1 in 333 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 31 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 28 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Costa Mesa.

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

      Determining whether Costa Mesa is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Costa Mesa violent crime rates have decreased by 17%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 18% year over year. Total crimes for Costa Mesa has decreased by 18% 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
      California79,891232266
      There are a total of 79,891 sex offenders in California. This yields a total of 232 sex offenders in California per 100,000 residents which is 13% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Laguna Woods, CA16,34762666728
      Aliso Viejo, CA50,21982853935
      Villa Park, CA5,9220965965
      Rossmoor, CA10,9331709071,077
      Lake Forest, CA80,6581868921,079
      Laguna Niguel, CA64,9841219581,079
      Mission Viejo, CA96,1781179721,089
      Costa Mesa, CA112,4393013,3163,617

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Miami Gardens, FL112,5147123,9504,662
      Lehigh Acres, FL112,2796203,6774,297
      Round Rock, TX112,7671211,9582,079
      Carlsbad, CA112,0082081,7992,007
      Elgin, IL111,9192081,5151,723
      Costa Mesa, CA112,4393013,3163,617
      Source: The Costa Mesa, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.