La Mesa, CA
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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 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 La Mesa is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 31 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 32. 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 77% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in La Mesa compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared La Mesa with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether La Mesa's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

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 301. 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 28 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 36.

Importantly, we found that La Mesa has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in La Mesa is one in 264.

La Mesa Crime Data

 

Crime Index

17

(100 is safest)


Safer than 17% of U.S. Cities

La Mesa Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

199

1,688

1,887

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

3.32

28.16

31.48

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
La Mesa 3.32
California 4.45

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 301

in La Mesa

1 in 225

in California

La Mesa VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 59,948
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 21 56 122
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.35 0.93 2.04

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

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)

Crime
La Mesa 28.16
California 25.53

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 36

in La Mesa

1 in 39

in California

La Mesa Property CRIMES

Population: 59,948
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 337 1,124 227
Rate per 1,000 5.62 18.75 3.79

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

La Mesa Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
La Mesa 207
California 89