Mesa, AZ
Crime Rates

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Mesa, AZ crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2016 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2017 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2017 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

The crime rate in Mesa is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 27 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Mesa is 1 in 37. Based on FBI crime data, Mesa is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Arizona, Mesa has a crime rate that is higher than 69% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Mesa has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Mesa is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Mesa does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Mesa.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Mesa occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Mesa; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 236. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Mesa's rate for property crime is 23 per one thousand population. This makes Mesa a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Mesa is one in 43.

Mesa Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 21% of U.S. Cities

Mesa Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Mesa 4.23
Arizona 4.70

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 236

in Mesa

1 in 213

in Arizona


Population: 484,587
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 19 272 450 1,310
Rate per 1,000 0.04 0.56 0.93 2.70


Population: 323,127,513
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,250 130,603 332,198 803,007
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.40 1.03 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Mesa 23.14
Arizona 29.78

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 43

in Mesa

1 in 34

in Arizona

Mesa Property CRIMES

Population: 484,587
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,950 8,404 860
Rate per 1,000 4.02 17.34 1.77

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 323,127,513
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,515,096 5,638,455 765,484
Rate per 1,000 4.69 17.45 2.37

Mesa Crimes Per Square Mile

Mesa 97
Arizona 31