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Total crime 23%
Violent crime 3%
Property crime 27%
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.
Crime data for this area is not available from the FBI. Either data from local enforcement agencies is applied or estimates are created based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidentsCentral/100k peopleMesa/100k peopleArizona/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime11,6361,918 (estimate)2,2462,8962,489
Murder11n/a2.15.05.0
Rape286n/a55.250.342.6
Robbery390n/a75.388.181.6
Assault1,266n/a244.3311.9250.2
Violent crime1,953368 (estimate)377455379
Burglary1,518n/a293.0394.3340.5
Theft7,326n/a1,413.81,796.91,549.5
Vehicle theft839n/a161.9249.4219.9
Property crime9,6831,550 (estimate)1,8692,4412,110

Key findings

  • Central crime rates are 23% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Central are 3% lower than the national average
  • In Central you have a 1 in 53 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Central is safer than 83% of the cities in Arizona
  • Year over year crime in Mesa has decreased by 4%

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      Daily Crime In Central (per 100,000 people)

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      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Central

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Central is 1 in 272
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Central is 1 in 65
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Central is 1 in 53

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

      Mesa police department

      ItemCentralMesaArizona
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a1,17412,274
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a2.63.1

      Sex offenders in Arizona

      StateTotal offendersArizona /100KNational /100K
      Arizona8,206157266
      There are a total of 8,206 sex offenders in Arizona. This yields a total of 157 sex offenders in Arizona per 100,000 residents which is 41% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Paradise Valley, AZ13,833681,0931,161
      Fountain Hills, AZ23,8631911,0251,216
      Gilbert, AZ226,832971,2031,299
      Apache Junction, AZ37,7752231,2721,495
      Maricopa Colony, AZ1,0272471,3261,573
      Sun Lakes, AZ14,8282571,3761,632
      Queen Creek, AZ30,8492861,5321,818
      Mesa, AZ470,4563771,8692,246

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Long Beach, CA469,7935062,4142,920
      Kansas City, MO471,7671,4313,8565,287
      Sacramento, CA484,5306273,1823,809
      Atlanta, GA456,3787694,6545,423
      Virginia Beach, VA449,7331291,7611,890
      Mesa, AZ470,4563771,8692,246
      Source: The Central, Mesa, AZ 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.