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Mesa Arizona: Crimes Statistics, Arrest and Population Information

Many people are unaware of the fact that Mesa used to be known as Zenos. The word ‘Mesa’ comes from the Spanish word for table. It was called this because Mesa has a distinctive shape which is table-top.

Potential college and university goers should have a look at Mesa. It is home to plenty of higher education institutions. One such higher education institution is the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University. A lesser known fact about Mesa, Arizona is that it is the largest suburban city in the United States. It is also interesting to know that the canals that were built in the city are considered the largest and most advanced of the New World.

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A few of the notable people from Mesa, Arizona include Austin Gibbs (musician), Misty Hyman (Olympic gold medalist), Mike Lee (US Senator), Julie Ertz (soccer player, world champion), Larry Schweikart (author), Don Taylor Udall (Judge, state legislator), and Albie Lopez (professional baseball player).

Mesa is a wonderful place to live in. However, it too suffers from criminal activity just like other places in the world. Thankfully, it has very low criminal activity when compared to other places in Arizona.

Crime Statistics of Mesa, Arizona

There has been a decline in crime in the United States when you look at the overall picture. It is important to remember that trends on a national level do not paint an accurate picture of local criminal activity.

There were 1972 reported violent crimes in Mesa, Arizona in 2015. The most reported crime in terms of violent crimes was aggravated assault. 1,307 cases of aggravated assault were reported, and this was followed by robbery and rape. In the state of Arizona, there were 410.2 violent crimes committed per every 100,000 people.

Let us look at the data from 2006 and compare it to the data in 2015 to paint a picture of the crime rates in Mesa, Arizona.

The data from 2006:

  • Murder - 26
  • Rape - 203
  • Aggravated Assault -1266
  • Robbery - 508
  • Burglary - 3283
  • Vehicle Thefts- 3654
  • Arson - 38

The data from 2015:

  • Murder - 16
  • Rape - 241
  • Aggravated Assault - 1307
  • Robbery - 408
  • Burglary - 2219
  • Vehicle Thefts - 825
  • Arson – 80

Cases of arson, rape and aggravated assault have gone up. However, cases of robbery, murder, burglary, and vehicle thefts have all gone down dramatically.

Property crimes in Mesa, Arizona in 2015

Arson is the smallest offender and makes up a paltry 0.7% (80) of all property crimes in Mesa. Next, motor vehicles make up 6.9% (825) of all property crimes in Mesa. 18.5% (2,219) of all property crimes in Mesa are burglary crimes. All of these are dwarfed by larceny which makes up a shocking 73.9% (8,861) of all property crimes in Mesa, Arizona.

Violent crimes in Mesa, Arizona in 2015

Crimes of a violent nature have seen an increase in Mesa, Arizona. Murder makes up 0.8% (16) of all violent crimes in Mesa, Arizona. After murder, rape makes up 12.2% (241) of all of the reported cases of violent crimes in Mesa, Arizona. Robbery is the second largest, and it comes in at 20.7% (408) of all of the cases of violent crimes in Mesa. However, all of the previously mentioned violent crimes pale in comparison to the biggest offender which is aggravated assault. Aggravated assault makes up 66.3% (1,307) of all violent crimes in Mesa, Arizona.

The numbers might indicate that Mesa, Arizona is not exactly a safe place to live. That could not be further from the truth as Mesa ranks very high up on the safest places to live in the United States on a nationwide level. It has a population of 471,825 people who live in 168,914 households. The median income of Mesa, Arizona is an impressive $48,809 per year. Low population coupled with a high median income makes the quality of life quite good in Mesa, Arizona.


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