La Mesa, CA
Crime Rates

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La Mesa, CA 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 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 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 about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in La Mesa is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 20 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 La Mesa is 1 in 49. Based on FBI crime data, La Mesa is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, La Mesa has a crime rate that is higher than 52% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, La Mesa has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, La 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 La 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 La Mesa.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in La 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 La Mesa; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 337. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that La Mesa's rate for property crime is 17 per one thousand population. This makes La 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 La Mesa is one in 58.

La Mesa Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 28% of U.S. Cities

La Mesa Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

La Mesa 2.97
California 4.41

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 337

in La Mesa

1 in 227

in California


Population: 59,249
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 22 76 77
Rate per 1,000 0.02 0.37 1.28 1.30


Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

La Mesa 17.30
California 23.31

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 58

in La Mesa

1 in 43

in California

La Mesa Property CRIMES

Population: 59,249
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 140 735 150
Rate per 1,000 2.36 12.41 2.53

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

La Mesa Crimes Per Square Mile

La Mesa 132
California 83