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Total crime 51%
Violent crime 57%
Property crime 50%
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.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWest Des Moines/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime0n/a (estimate)1,210 (estimate)2,0002,489
Murdern/an/an/a1.95.0
Rapen/an/an/a36.942.6
Robberyn/an/an/a27.481.6
Assaultn/an/an/a200.4250.2
Violent crimen/an/a (estimate)161 (estimate)267379
Burglaryn/an/an/a371.1340.5
Theftn/an/an/a1,199.61,549.5
Vehicle theftn/an/an/a163.0219.9
Property crimen/an/a (estimate)1,048 (estimate)1,7342,110

Key findings

  • West Des Moines crime rates are 51% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in West Des Moines are 57% lower than the national average
  • In West Des Moines you have a 1 in 83 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • West Des Moines is safer than 64% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in West Des Moines has increased by 3%

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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 lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The West Des Moines crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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

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      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 620
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in West Des Moines is 1 in 96
      The chance of being a victim of crime in West Des Moines is 1 in 83

      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
      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
      Granger, IA1,46168442510
      Polk City, IA4,11520499519
      Dallas Center, IA1,85186559645
      Van Meter, IA1,25690585675
      Saylorville, IA3,44595616711
      Clive, IA17,02240699740
      Norwalk, IA9,94434750783
      West Des Moines, IA61,6241611,0481,210

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      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      La Habra, CA61,6602241,7982,022
      Tulare, CA61,6644012,2552,656
      Taylor, MI61,7166202,2752,895
      Brentwood, NY61,4384981,9042,402
      Wellington, FL61,371981,1861,284
      West Des Moines, IA61,6241611,0481,210
      Source: The West Des Moines, IA 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.