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


City-Data.com crime index in West Des Moines, IA compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in West Des Moines, IA

The 2016 crime rate in West Des Moines, IA is 176 (City-Data.com crime index), which is 1.6 times smaller than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 61.9% U.S. cities. The 2016 West Des Moines crime rate rose by 10% compared to 2015. In the last 5 years West Des Moines has seen increasing violent crime and decreasing property crime.
See how dangerous West Des Moines, IA is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
West Des Moines:

176.2
Clive:

94.6
Windsor Heights:

282.3
Urbandale:

131.5
Waukee:

118.8
Des Moines:

426.8
Johnston:

102.6
Norwalk:

62.6
Pleasant Hill:

279.9
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in West Des Moines by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(1.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(1.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(1.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(1.5)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
14
(27.1)
20
(37.7)
15
(27.3)
18
(32.3)
18
(31.9)
22
(37.5)
26
(45.7)
16
(27.5)
16
(26.6)
17
(27.3)
21
(32.3)
24
(36.6)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
11
(21.3)
9
(17.0)
15
(27.3)
28
(50.2)
6
(10.6)
11
(18.8)
13
(22.8)
8
(13.8)
12
(20.0)
15
(24.1)
16
(24.6)
19
(28.9)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
63
(122.2)
69
(130.1)
58
(105.5)
84
(150.6)
49
(86.9)
76
(129.7)
75
(131.8)
71
(122.1)
61
(101.6)
84
(134.7)
92
(141.5)
105
(160.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
279
(541.0)
241
(454.3)
226
(411.0)
217
(389.1)
196
(347.5)
173
(295.2)
225
(395.4)
213
(366.4)
205
(341.3)
136
(218.1)
170
(261.5)
147
(224.0)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
1,459
(2,829)
1,538
(2,899)
1,315
(2,391)
1,482
(2,658)
1,536
(2,723)
1,516
(2,587)
1,564
(2,748)
1,562
(2,687)
1,377
(2,292)
1,363
(2,186)
1,188
(1,828)
1,296
(1,975)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
69
(133.8)
68
(128.2)
45
(81.8)
47
(84.3)
40
(70.9)
47
(80.2)
35
(61.5)
50
(86.0)
76
(126.5)
63
(101.0)
60
(92.3)
70
(106.7)
Arson
(per 100,000)
9
(17.5)
13
(24.5)
9
(16.4)
9
(16.1)
9
(16.0)
26
(44.4)
10
(17.6)
6
(10.3)
3
(5.0)
3
(4.8)
2
(3.1)
7
(10.7)
City-Data.com crime index214.3219.3182.1214.9185.0192.2215.8190.6176.6166.7160.3176.2

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 274.0. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

- means the value is smaller than the state average.
- means the value is about the same as the state average.
- means the value is bigger than the state average.



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 56 registered sex offenders living in West Des Moines, Iowa as of November 23, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in West Des Moines is 1,136 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.



Violent crime rate in 2016
West Des Moines:

134.1
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
West Des Moines:

115.4
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
West Des Moines:

106.6
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
West Des Moines:

90.7
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
West Des Moines:

95.5
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
West Des Moines:

126.5
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
West Des Moines:

111.8
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
West Des Moines:

80.7
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
West Des Moines:

136.3
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
West Des Moines:

93.7
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
West Des Moines:

111.2
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
West Des Moines:

98.9
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
West Des Moines:

96.8
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
West Des Moines:

76.9
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
West Des Moines:

55.4
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2016
West Des Moines:

159.5
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
West Des Moines:

157.5
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
West Des Moines:

168.1
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
West Des Moines:

201.9
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
West Des Moines:

220.5
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
West Des Moines:

225.7
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
West Des Moines:

200.4
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
West Des Moines:

216.3
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
West Des Moines:

223.3
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
West Des Moines:

214.0
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
West Des Moines:

255.1
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
West Des Moines:

269.7
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
West Des Moines:

231.5
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
West Des Moines:

268.8
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
West Des Moines:

258.6
U.S. Average:

336.9
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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 89 (76 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.13
Iowa average:

1.47

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 82 (69 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.05
Iowa average:

1.63

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 78 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

0.96
Iowa average:

1.66

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 83 (65 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.00
Iowa average:

1.66

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 77 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.01
Iowa average:

1.64

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 80 (66 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.10
Iowa average:

1.67

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 77 (62 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.07
Iowa average:

1.67

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 77 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.11
Iowa average:

1.71

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 80 (64 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.09
Iowa average:

1.71

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 81 (66 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.17
Iowa average:

1.74

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 78 (65 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.17
Iowa average:

1.72

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 78 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.15
Iowa average:

1.70

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 78 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.36
Iowa average:

1.70

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 77 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.36
Iowa average:

1.69

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 77 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.36
Iowa average:

1.68

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 76 (61 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.31
Iowa average:

1.70

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in West Des Moines, IA
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 50265, 50266.