Des Moines, IA
Crime Rates



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Des Moines, IA 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

With a crime rate of 49 per one thousand residents, Des Moines has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 20. Within Iowa, more than 99% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Des Moines.

Importantly, when you compare Des Moines to other communities of similar population, then Des Moines crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Des Moines does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Des Moines 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 Des Moines.

For Des Moines, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Des Moines is one in 138.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Des Moines is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Des Moines, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 24, which is a rate of 42 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Des Moines 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 Des Moines is one in 163.

Des Moines Crime Data

 

Crime Index

4

(100 is safest)


Safer than 4% of U.S. Cities

Des Moines Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

1,555

8,933

10,488

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.26

41.70

48.96

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Des Moines 7.26
Iowa 2.67

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 138

in Des Moines

1 in 375

in Iowa

Des Moines VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 214,237
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 14 117 283 1,141
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.55 1.32 5.33

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

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)

Crime
Des Moines 41.70
Iowa 17.34

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 24

in Des Moines

1 in 58

in Iowa

Des Moines Property CRIMES

Population: 214,237
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 2,284 5,336 1,313
Rate per 1,000 10.66 24.91 6.13

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

Des Moines Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Des Moines 127
Iowa 13