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Total crime 96%
Violent crime 82%
Property crime 99%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2020 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2021; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleDes Moines/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime9,917n/a (estimate)4,6062,0022,346
Murder33n/a15.33.56.5
Rape119n/a55.340.738.4
Robbery246n/a114.329.873.9
Assault1,119n/a519.8229.4279.7
Violent crime1,517n/a (estimate)705304388
Burglary1,925n/a894.1371.1314.2
Theft5,053n/a2,347.11,130.11,398.0
Vehicle theft1,422n/a660.5197.1246.0
Property crime8,400n/a (estimate)3,9021,6981,958

Key findings

  • Des Moines crime rates are 96% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Des Moines are 82% higher than the national average
  • In Des Moines you have a 1 in 22 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Des Moines is safer than 6% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Des Moines has decreased by 4%

Des Moines crime map

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The Des Moines crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Des Moines 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 Des Moines crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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

      The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Des Moines, Iowa is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Des Moines are 2.30 times more than the Iowa average and 1.96 times more than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Des Moines are 2.32 times more than than Iowa and 1.82 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Des Moines are 2.30 times more than than Iowa and 1.99 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Des Moines (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Des Moines in comparison to other Iowa communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Des Moines safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Des Moines being safer than 4% of cities in Iowa and 6% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Iowa cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Des Moines. In conclusion, Des Moines ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Des Moines

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Des Moines is 1 in 142
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Des Moines is 1 in 26
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Des Moines is 1 in 22
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Des Moines? In Des Moines, IA you have a 1 in 142 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 26 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 22 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Des Moines.

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

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in Des Moines, Iowa (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Des Moines has decreased by 1%, the amount of property crime in Des Moines has decreased by 5%, and the total amount of crime in Des Moines has decreased by 4% year over year.

      Des Moines police department

      ItemDes MoinesIowaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)5003,827558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a1.83.3

      Sex offenders in Iowa

      StateTotal offendersIowa /100KNational /100K
      Iowa6,040205266
      There are a total of 6,040 sex offenders in Iowa. This yields a total of 205 sex offenders in Iowa per 100,000 residents which is 23% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Norwalk, IA9,94449106154
      Granger, IA1,46178433511
      Polk City, IA4,11558503561
      Saylorville, IA3,445108604712
      Cumming, IA415123686809
      Mitchellville, IA2,271138770907
      Waukee, IA16,955909261,016
      Des Moines, IA212,8597053,9024,606

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Birmingham, AL212,4241,9126,3148,226
      Spokane, WA212,0786005,1515,751
      San Bernardino, CA214,5811,4022,8004,202
      Rochester, NY210,2918193,3564,175
      Richmond, VA216,7734633,4993,962
      Des Moines, IA212,8597053,9024,606
      Source: The Des Moines, IA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. 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.