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Total crime 55%
Violent crime 60%
Property crime 53%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
Crime data for this area is not available from the FBI, so estimates are used 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)1,174 (estimate)1,9422,580
Murdern/an/an/a1.75.0
Rapen/an/an/a30.942.6
Robberyn/an/an/a29.586.2
Assaultn/an/an/a187.9246.8
Violent crimen/an/a (estimate)151 (estimate)250381
Burglaryn/an/an/a352.6376.0
Theftn/an/an/a1,190.41,594.6
Vehicle theftn/an/an/a148.5228.9
Property crimen/an/a (estimate)1,023 (estimate)1,6922,200

Key findings

  • West Des Moines crime rates are 55% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in West Des Moines are 60% lower than the national average
  • In West Des Moines you have a 1 in 86 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • West Des Moines is safer than 68% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in West Des Moines has decreased by 20%

West Des Moines crime map

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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 662
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in West Des Moines is 1 in 98
      The chance of being a victim of crime in West Des Moines is 1 in 86

      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, IA1,46164432495
      Polk City, IA4,115130455585
      Dallas Center, IA1,85181545626
      Van Meter, IA1,25684571655
      Saylorville, IA3,44589601690
      Cumming, IA415101684785
      Norwalk, IA9,94483828910
      West Des Moines, IA61,6241511,0231,174

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      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      La Habra, CA61,6601771,8402,017
      Tulare, CA61,6643892,8183,207
      Taylor, MI61,7166002,2052,805
      Brentwood, NY61,4384851,9972,482
      Wellington, FL61,3711231,2591,382
      West Des Moines, IA61,6241511,0231,174
      Source: The West Des Moines, IA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.