West Des Moines has a population of 65,631. During the past three years, West Des Moines saw 4,887 arrests. For 2016, the West Des Moines's arrest rate totaled 253.23 per 10,000 residents. This decrease of 22.68% makes West Des Moines lower than the national average of 327.51 per 10,000 residents. From that total, 149 were violent crimes like murder, rape, and robbery. The city of West Des Moines also totaled 1,513 arrests for property crimes during 2016. When compared to Ankeny and Clive, West Des Moines is a more dangerous place to live.
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Most of the city arrests fall into 21-30 age group - 38.5%, the least crimes have committed people between 71-80 - 0.2%. When looking at arrest numbers - a great number of arrestees belonged to White race, whilst the least arrests had Hispanic race.
Overall, West Des Moines had a higher rate of non-violent crime. For 2016, West Des Moines averaged 149 violent crimes and 1,513 non-violent crimes.
The city of West Des Moines experienced 1,095 violent crimes during 2007-2016. Of that total, 4 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter. Additionally, 193 was for legacy rape. The robbery total was 143, and the aggravated assault total was 755.