Reported Annual Crime In West Des Moines

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWest Des Moines/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime0n/a (estimate)1,462 (estimate)2,4192,745
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWest Des Moines/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murdern/an/an/a3.35.3
Rapen/an/an/a39.241.7
Robberyn/an/an/a39.898.0
Assaultn/an/an/a211.0248.9
Violent crimen/an/a (estimate)177 (estimate)293383
Burglaryn/an/an/a479.3430.4
Theftn/an/an/a1,468.61,694.4
Vehicle theftn/an/an/a177.4237.4
Property crimen/an/a (estimate)1,285 (estimate)2,1252,362

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The West Des Moines crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in West Des Moines as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with low crime compared to the areas with high crime. The West Des Moines crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in West Des Moines is 47% lower than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 4 daily crimes that occur in West Des Moines.
  • West Des Moines is safer than 63% of the cities in the United States.
  • In West Des Moines you have a 1 in 69 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in West Des Moines has decreased by 39%.

Compare West Des Moines, IA Crime To Other Cities

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

How Safe is West Des Moines (higher is better)

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in West Des Moines

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in West Des Moines is 1 in 565
The chance of being a victim of property crime in West Des Moines is 1 in 78
The chance of being a victim of crime in West Des Moines is 1 in 69

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

West Des Moines police department

ItemWest Des MoinesIowaNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)773,827558,732
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.31.83.3
There are a total of 77 West Des Moines police officers. This results in 1.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 26.5% less than the Iowa average and 59.3% less than the National average.

Sex offenders in Iowa

StateTotal offendersIowa /100KNational /100K
Iowa5,765196222
There are a total of 5,765 sex offenders in Iowa. This yields a total of 196 sex offenders in Iowa per 100,000 residents which is 12% less than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Polk City, IA4,115130455585
Granger, IA1,46175542617
Dallas Center, IA1,85194685779
Van Meter, IA1,25699717816
Saylorville, IA3,445104755859
Norwalk, IA9,94483828910
Cumming, IA415118859977
West Des Moines, IA61,6241771,2851,462

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
La Habra, CA61,6602212,0222,243
Tulare, CA61,6644012,6883,089
Taylor, MI61,7165722,4313,003
Brentwood, NY61,4384952,1002,595
Wellington, FL61,3711761,6511,828
West Des Moines, IA61,6241771,2851,462
Source: The West Des Moines, IA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2017. 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.
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