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Total crime 13%
Violent crime 22%
Property crime 11%
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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 peopleLa Mesa/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,217n/a (estimate)2,0462,5812,346
Murder2n/a3.45.66.5
Rape16n/a26.934.238.4
Robbery58n/a97.5113.673.9
Assault105n/a176.5288.7279.7
Violent crime181n/a (estimate)304442388
Burglary233n/a391.7369.7314.2
Theft649n/a1,091.01,341.71,398.0
Vehicle theft154n/a258.9427.6246.0
Property crime1,036n/a (estimate)1,7422,1391,958

Key findings

  • La Mesa crime rates are 13% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in La Mesa are 22% lower than the national average
  • In La Mesa you have a 1 in 49 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • La Mesa is safer than 39% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in La Mesa has increased by 4%

La Mesa crime map

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

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

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in La Mesa, per 100,000 residents. In La Mesa, the total number of daily crimes is 1.26 times less than the California average and 1.15 times less than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in La Mesa are 1.45 times less than the California average and 1.27 times less than the national average. For property crime, La Mesa has a daily crime rate that is 1.23 times less than the California average and 1.12 times less than the daily national average.

      How Safe is La Mesa (higher is better)

      How safe is La Mesa, California compared to other cities in California and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that La Mesa is safer than 54% of the cities in California and 39% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in California and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than La Mesa. Overall, La Mesa is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in La Mesa

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in La Mesa is 1 in 329
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in La Mesa is 1 in 58
      The chance of being a victim of crime in La Mesa is 1 in 49
      Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in La Mesa? In La Mesa, CA you have a 1 in 329 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 58 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 49 chance of becoming a victim of crime in La Mesa.

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

      An ideal indicator of whether La Mesa is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in La Mesa has increased by 4% and the rate of property crime in La Mesa has increased by 4%. The total crime rate in La Mesa has increased by 4% year to year.

      La Mesa police department

      ItemLa MesaCaliforniaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)9451,506558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.63.63.3
      There are a total of 94 La Mesa police officers. This results in 1.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 55.5% less than the California average and 50.5% 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

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Granite Hills, CA3,07198473571
      Crest, CA2,7331808691,049
      Santee, CA56,8392857711,056
      Coronado, CA24,852721,1241,196
      Jamul, CA5,6402251,0891,314
      Imperial Beach, CA27,1803451,0271,372
      Spring Valley CDP (Lake County), CA1,1542391,1551,394
      La Mesa, CA59,1253041,7422,046

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Brookline, MA59,1801071,1381,245
      Rowlett, TX59,2031451,5361,681
      Kendale Lakes, FL59,2174502,0742,525
      Chapel Hill, NC59,0051431,7581,901
      Redmond, WA59,2681002,3492,449
      La Mesa, CA59,1253041,7422,046
      Source: The La Mesa, CA 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.