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3%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
18%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
7%
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleLa Mesa/100k peopleCalifornia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,440n/a (estimate)2,3872,8432,324
Murder1n/a1.75.76.3
Rape10n/a16.637.440.0
Robbery49n/a81.2123.566.1
Assault124n/a205.5332.8268.2
Violent crime184n/a (estimate)305500370
Burglary172n/a285.1371.9269.8
Theft883n/a1,463.51,499.31,401.9
Vehicle theft201n/a333.2471.9282.7
Property crime1,256n/a (estimate)2,0822,3431,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in La Mesa, CA

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in La Mesa is 2.7% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 184 violent crimes reported in La Mesa, equivalent to 305 per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average by 17.5%. Additionally, La Mesa recorded 1256 property crimes, amounting to 2082 per 100,000 people, higher than the national average by 6.5%.

The La Mesa crime rate is about average when compared to all the other cities across the U.S. per 100,000 residents. When we compared the total crimes (violent and property) in La Mesa, we found that the reported crime rates were almost equal to the average of all other areas that reported crime.

La Mesa maintains a property crime rate that closely resembles the national norm. In La Mesa, 2082 property crimes were reported, aligning with the national average of 1954 per 100,000 individuals. Consequently, the area's safety profile stands on par with the average city, neither significantly safer nor more dangerous. This consistency underscores a balanced commitment to community safety and security, providing residents with a stable and reassuring living environment.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in La Mesa?

What do the local residents think about crime in La Mesa? Well, based on a recent survey of 30 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 53% of La Mesa residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 47% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is La Mesa a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if La Mesa is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. La Mesa has a total crime rate that is 3% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 3.95 daily crimes (0.5 violent daily crimes and 3.44 daily property crimes) in La Mesa.

Has Crime in La Mesa Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in La Mesa has increased by 10.6% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not La Mesa is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 17.2%, while property crime has increased by 9.7%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in La Mesa.

Potential Causes for Crime in La Mesa

La Mesa has a poverty rate that stands at 12.4, in contrast to the national average of 15.1. Historically, a direct correlation has been observed between poverty rates and crime stats. Higher poverty rates have led to higher crime rates, while lower poverty rates have led to a reduction in La Mesa crime rates. Income disparities and heightened poverty levels can serve as catalysts for elevated or reduced criminal activity, as individuals may or may not turn to illicit means to fulfill their basic needs. This could be one of many factors that may influence crime.

If employment opportunities are limited or if many jobs offer low wages, it can lead to higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, which could lead to an increase in La Mesa crime rates. Areas where individuals struggle with unemployment or low wages, may be more susceptible to an increase in criminal activities as a result of financial insecurity. While lower rates of unemployment or a surplus of job opportunities could lead to a decrease in crime as their basic needs are being met. La Mesa has an unemployment rate of 4.3%, compared to a national average of 4.7%.

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In La Mesa, 89.2% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

La Mesa crime map



The La Mesa crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in La Mesa as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. 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. Please note that the red areas on the La Mesa crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • La Mesa crime rates are 3% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in La Mesa are 18% lower than the national average
  • In La Mesa you have a 1 in 42 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • La Mesa is safer than 33% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in La Mesa has increased by 10%

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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 1.19 times less than the California average and 1.03 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in La Mesa are 1.64 times less than the California average and 1.21 times less than the national average. For property crime, La Mesa has a daily crime rate that is 1.13 times less than the California average and 1.07 times more 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 57% of the cities in California and 33% 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 328
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in La Mesa is 1 in 49
        The chance of being a victim of crime in La Mesa is 1 in 42
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in La Mesa? In La Mesa, CA you have a 1 in 328 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 49 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 42 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 16% and the rate of property crime in La Mesa has increased by 9%. The total crime rate in La Mesa has increased by 10% year to year.

        La Mesa police department

        Item La Mesa California National
        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

        State Total offenders California /100K National /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.

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        La Mesa, CA60,2083052,0822,387

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        Source: The La Mesa, CA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. 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.