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Crime rate in Des Moines, Iowa (IA): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


Crime rates in Des Moines by year

Type

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2005

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2007

2008

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2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
8
(4.0)
5
(2.6)
6
(3.1)
4
(2.1)
12
(6.1)
6
(3.0)
6
(3.0)
8
(3.9)
7
(3.4)
11
(5.3)
9
(4.3)
19
(9.0)
13
(6.1)
28
(12.9)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
92
(46.3)
110
(56.4)
62
(31.8)
185
(95.9)
171
(86.9)
153
(77.7)
105
(51.8)
103
(50.4)
100
(48.2)
90
(43.4)
87
(41.8)
120
(57.0)
140
(66.2)
73
(33.6)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
284
(143.0)
294
(150.7)
374
(191.6)
387
(200.6)
319
(162.2)
244
(124.0)
224
(110.6)
216
(105.6)
250
(120.5)
211
(101.7)
267
(128.2)
281
(133.6)
318
(150.4)
364
(167.5)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
315
(158.6)
819
(419.8)
864
(442.6)
938
(486.1)
828
(421.0)
664
(337.4)
737
(363.8)
742
(362.8)
737
(355.4)
714
(344.3)
887
(425.9)
1,082
(514.3)
1,026
(485.1)
991
(456.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
1,527
(769.0)
2,630
(1,348.1)
2,189
(1,121.4)
2,095
(1,085.8)
1,999
(1,016.4)
1,830
(929.9)
2,248
(1,109.8)
2,493
(1,219.1)
2,514
(1,212.2)
2,311
(1,114.3)
1,888
(906.6)
2,012
(956.3)
1,944
(919.1)
2,388
(1,099.1)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
9,692
(4,880.9)
10,045
(5,148.8)
10,331
(5,292.7)
8,631
(4,473.2)
7,253
(3,687.7)
6,146
(3,123.1)
6,808
(3,360.9)
7,400
(3,618.6)
6,914
(3,333.7)
6,854
(3,304.9)
6,083
(2,921.0)
5,478
(2,603.6)
5,920
(2,799.0)
5,941
(2,734.3)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
896
(451.2)
1,124
(576.1)
985
(504.6)
1,068
(553.5)
764
(388.4)
712
(361.8)
739
(364.8)
834
(407.8)
782
(377.0)
850
(409.9)
870
(417.8)
950
(451.5)
1,017
(480.8)
1,260
(579.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
78
(39.3)
52
(26.7)
62
(31.8)
90
(46.6)
43
(21.9)
55
(27.9)
43
(21.2)
44
(21.5)
51
(24.6)
33
(15.9)
17
(8.2)
39
(18.5)
44
(20.8)
42
(19.3)
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 278.4)405.2525.8508.1537.5464.3391.9394.6415.1400.9387.7379.4413.8422.1426.8

City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes and violent crime more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.




According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 629 registered sex offenders living in Des Moines, Iowa as of March 26, 2019.
The ratio of number of residents in Des Moines to the number of sex offenders is 342 to 1.


City-Data.com crime index in Des Moines, IA compared to other U.S. cities
See how dangerous Des Moines, IA is compared to nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Des Moines:

426.8
Windsor Heights:

282.3
Pleasant Hill:

279.9
Urbandale:

131.5
West Des Moines:

176.2
Johnston:

102.6
Norwalk:

62.6
Clive:

94.6
Altoona:

160.4
Violent crime rate in 2017
Des Moines:

371.2
U.S. Average:

214.8

Violent crime rate in 2016
Des Moines:

396.2
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Des Moines:

399.0
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Des Moines:

327.5
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Des Moines:

277.0
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Des Moines:

292.9
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Des Moines:

292.4
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Des Moines:

295.0
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Des Moines:

314.5
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Des Moines:

390.7
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Des Moines:

443.4
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Des Moines:

355.0
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Des Moines:

346.8
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2003
Des Moines:

205.4
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Des Moines:

229.9
U.S. Average:

272.2

Violent crime rate in 2001
Des Moines:

219.8
U.S. Average:

276.6

Property crime rate in 2017
Des Moines:

443.5
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Des Moines:

395.9
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Des Moines:

389.2
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Des Moines:

390.0
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Des Moines:

449.6
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Des Moines:

465.7
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Des Moines:

485.9
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Des Moines:

444.7
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Des Moines:

396.4
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Des Moines:

445.9
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Des Moines:

523.8
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Des Moines:

564.6
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Des Moines:

613.5
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2003
Des Moines:

465.9
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Des Moines:

503.1
U.S. Average:

336.9

Property crime rate in 2001
Des Moines:

448.3
U.S. Average:

337.2

Murders per 100,000 population
Rapes per 100,000 population
Robberies per 100,000 population
Assaults per 100,000 population
Burglaries per 100,000 population
Thefts per 100,000 population
Auto thefts per 100,000 population
Arson per 100,000 population
City-data.com crime index
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 455 (350 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.61
Iowa average:

1.70

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 446 (343 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.62
Iowa average:

2.55

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 459 (360 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.71
Iowa average:

1.70

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 458 (354 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.70
Iowa average:

1.70

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 475 (366 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.76
Iowa average:

1.71

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 465 (360 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.76
Iowa average:

1.70

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 480 (374 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.85
Iowa average:

1.75

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 480 (373 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.90
Iowa average:

1.77

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 500 (383 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.95
Iowa average:

1.74

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 498 (382 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.98
Iowa average:

1.73

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 491 (373 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.88
Iowa average:

1.70

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 493 (374 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.88
Iowa average:

1.69

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 473 (364 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.83
Iowa average:

1.68

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 480 (355 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.79
Iowa average:

1.70


Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Des Moines
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 50309, 50310, 50311, 50312, 50314, 50315, 50316, 50319, 50320, 50321.