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Des Moines County, Iowa Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime data for Des Moines County, Iowa. You can look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime rates over time, and see how Des Moines County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records links for Des Moines County, Iowa, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 16,683 total crimes reported in Des Moines County, Iowa (1,743 of them violent). Of the 1,668 crimes that transpire each year in Des Moines County, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Des Moines County, Iowa every 5 hours. This includes 10 murders, 136 rapes, and close to twelve thousand thefts (including 656 automobile thefts).

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in Des Moines County, Iowa for all 10 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in Des Moines County has climbed by 25 per-cent. In the course of that same period, violent crime rose by 22 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a slow worsening in crime over the last 10 years in Des Moines County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit close to two thousand for Des Moines County, Iowa in 2009.

Crime Trends in Des Moines County, Iowa (1999-2008)

Bear in mind that these graphs show reported crime data and large changes in crime rates can be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Des Moines County, Iowa (1999-2008)

Individuals are dissuaded against drawing conclusions from ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a particular location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or discrepencies in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual figure bars to see crime data in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Des Moines County, Iowa law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Des Moines County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.