West Des Moines, IA
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West Des Moines, IA crime analytics


The crime rate in West Des Moines is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 24 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 West Des Moines is 1 in 41. Based on FBI crime data, West Des Moines is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Iowa, West Des Moines has a crime rate that is higher than 88% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 497. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that West Des Moines's rate for property crime is 22 per one thousand population. This makes West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines is one in 45.

West Des Moines Crime Data

 
Crime Index

28

(100 is safest)


Safer than 28% of U.S. Cities

West Des Moines Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

129

1,416

1,545

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.01

22.09

24.10

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
West Des Moines 2.01
Iowa 2.86
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 497

in West Des Moines

1 in 350

in Iowa
West Des Moines VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 64,113
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 21 16 92
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.33 0.25 1.43
United States VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
West Des Moines 22.09
Iowa 20.47
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 45

in West Des Moines

1 in 49

in Iowa
West Des Moines Property CRIMES
Population: 64,113
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 169 1,187 60
Rate per 1,000 2.64 18.51 0.94
United States Property CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

West Des Moines Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
West Des Moines 39
Iowa 15