The city of La Mesa, with a total population of 60,425, experienced 5,155 arrests over the past three years. During 2017, the arrest rate totaled 223.91 per 10,000 residents. This represents a 29.26% difference making La Mesa lower than the national average of 316.54 per 10,000 residents. Of those, 160 were for violent crimes such as murder, rape, and robbery. The city of La Mesa also handled 1,193 arrests for property crimes during 2017. Compared to Carlsbad and Chula Vista, La Mesa is a more dangerous place to live.
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The city of La Mesa experienced a higher rate of non-violent crime. During 2017, La Mesa totaled 160 violent crimes and 1,193 non-violent crimes.
During 2007-2017, La Mesa experienced 2,279 violent crimes. Of those, 10 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter, 23 were for revised rape, another 113 were for legacy rape, 909 were for robbery, and 1,224 were for aggravated assault.