Crime in Mesquite, Nevada

Mesquite's crime rate

There were 250 crimes reported in Mesquite, Nevada in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 1,275 incidents for every 100,000 people.

How does Mesquite compare?

Mesquite has a lower overall crime rate than the vast majority of U.S. cities. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Mesquite's overall crime rate is 55% lower than the overall crime rate in Nevada. Statewide, there were 86,735 crimes reported in 2019, or 2,816 for every 100,000 people.

What types of crimes are being committed?

The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

Property crime

The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In Mesquite, however, property crimes account for about 90% of all offenses.

Despite accounting for a higher than average share of total offenses, property crime is less prevalent in Mesquite than it is nationwide. There were 224 property crimes in Mesquite in 2019, or 1,142 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.

Larceny

Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime in the U.S. It is also the most commonly committed type of property crime in Mesquite. There were 158 larcenies reported in Mesquite in 2019, or 806 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.

Burglary

There were 47 break-ins reported in Mesquite in 2019, or 240 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 341 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019.

Motor Vehicle Theft

Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 220 for every 100,000 people. In Mesquite, meanwhile, there were 19 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 97 for every 100,000 people.

Violent crime

Violent crime accounts for a relatively small share of crimes nationwide. These offenses, which are generally more egregious than property crimes, account for about 15% of the nearly 8.2 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2019. In Mesquite, however, violent offenses account for a smaller 10% share of all reported crime.

At 133 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Mesquite is well below the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Mesquite reported a total of 26 violent crimes in 2019.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. In Mesquite, however, rape is the most commonly reported type of violent crime. There were 4 aggravated assaults reported in Mesquite in 2019, or 20 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is far higher, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.

Robbery

Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 2 robberies reported in Mesquite in 2019, a rate of 10 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.

Rape

There were 20 rapes reported in Mesquite in 2019, or 102 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.

Murder

While there were 16,425 murders nationwide in 2019, none were reported in Mesquite.

Mesquite compared to other cities in Nevada

Mesquite has the second lowest crime rate of all comparable cities in Nevada. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.

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