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Total crime 43%
Violent crime 28%
Property crime 55%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCosta Mesa/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,051n/a (estimate)3,5522,7722,489
Murder0n/a0.04.35.0
Rape52n/a45.637.542.6
Robbery104n/a91.2132.481.6
Assault156n/a136.8267.1250.2
Violent crime312n/a (estimate)274441379
Burglary450n/a394.6386.1340.5
Theft2,934n/a2,572.61,586.31,549.5
Vehicle theft355n/a311.3358.8219.9
Property crime3,739n/a (estimate)3,2782,3312,110

Key findings

  • Costa Mesa crime rates are 43% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Costa Mesa are 28% lower than the national average
  • In Costa Mesa you have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Costa Mesa is safer than 27% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Costa Mesa has decreased by 2%

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 1.43 times more than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Costa Mesa is 1.61 times less than the California average and 1.39 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Costa Mesa has a daily crime rate that is 1.41 times more than the California average and 1.55 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 34% safer than other cities of California and 27% 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 366
      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 29
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Costa Mesa? In Costa Mesa, CA you have a 1 in 366 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 29 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 9%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 1% year over year. Total crimes for Costa Mesa has decreased by 2% 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, CA16,34744773817
      Villa Park, CA5,92268753822
      Lake Forest, CA80,65876789865
      Aliso Viejo, CA50,21952829880
      Laguna Niguel, CA64,98464910975
      Mission Viejo, CA96,17868907975
      San Juan Capistrano, CA36,006174820994
      Costa Mesa, CA112,4392743,2783,552

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Miami Gardens, FL112,5147393,7894,528
      Lehigh Acres, FL112,2796093,4574,067
      Round Rock, TX112,7671241,6841,808
      Carlsbad, CA112,0082051,8212,026
      Elgin, IL111,9191991,2751,474
      Costa Mesa, CA112,4392743,2783,552
      Source: The Costa Mesa, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.