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 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 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 23 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 44. 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 58% 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 371. 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 20 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 49.

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 308.

La Mesa Crime Data

 

Crime Index

27

(100 is safest)


Safer than 27% of U.S. Cities

La Mesa Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

162

1,215

1,377

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.70

20.24

22.94

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
La Mesa 2.70
California 4.49

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 371

in La Mesa

1 in 223

in California

La Mesa VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 60,021
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 3 11 50 98
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.18 0.83 1.63

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
La Mesa 20.24
California 24.97

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 49

in La Mesa

1 in 40

in California

La Mesa Property CRIMES

Population: 60,021
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 178 842 195
Rate per 1,000 2.97 14.03 3.25

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

La Mesa Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
La Mesa 151
California 88