Des Plaines, IL
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Des Plaines, IL 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 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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

Des Plaines has an overall crime rate of 13 per 1,000 residents, making the crime rate here near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in America. According to our analysis of FBI crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in Des Plaines is 1 in 76. How does Des Plaines fare compared to other communities in Illinois of all population sizes? Des Plaines's crime rate is lower than approximately 38% of Illinois communities.

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

For Des Plaines, NeighborhoodScout found that the violent crime rate is well below the national average for all communities of all population sizes. Violent crimes such as assault, rape, murder and armed robbery happen less often in Des Plaines than in most of America. One's chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime here is one in 1512, which is a violent crime rate of 1 per one thousand inhabitants.

Moreover, the rate of property crime in Des Plaines; burglary, larceny ($50 or more), grand theft auto, and arson; is 13 per 1,000 residents. This is about average for all cities and towns in America of all population sizes.

Des Plaines Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 48% of U.S. Cities

Des Plaines Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Des Plaines 0.66
Illinois 4.04

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 1,512

in Des Plaines

1 in 247

in Illinois


Population: 58,959
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 6 12 20
Rate per 1,000 0.02 0.10 0.20 0.34


Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Des Plaines 12.52
Illinois 19.33

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 80

in Des Plaines

1 in 52

in Illinois

Des Plaines Property CRIMES

Population: 58,959
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 67 634 37
Rate per 1,000 1.14 10.75 0.63

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Des Plaines Crimes Per Square Mile

Des Plaines 54
Illinois 33