Costa Mesa, CA Criminal and Public Records

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Crime in Costa Mesa and California

In general, there has been an overall decline in crime across the United States. However, nationwide trends are not necessarily indicative of local criminal patterns. Instead, one needs to examine local crime statistics.

In 2015, Costa Mesa experienced 386 reported violent crimes. Of those violent crimes, the most reported crime was agg. assault with 210 reported followed by robbery and rape. Statewide, there were 994.7 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

In addition to violent crimes, there were also property crimes. Of those property crimes, the most reported crime was larceny, followed by burglary and vehicle thefts. Note that in California, the most common property crime was larceny with 3,558 reported.

Remember that in addition to these major offenses, usually charged as felonies, the city experienced a number of lesser crimes. You can peruse our statistics to find out general criminal information about Costa Mesa:


Costa Mesa Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 55th
  • Violent Crimes: 58th (179th per 100k)
  • Murder: 27th (109th per 100k)
  • Rape: 28th (76th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 60th (207th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 57th (125th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 22nd (43rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 38th (119th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 20th (35th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 58th (144th per 100k)
  • Arson: 38th (137th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 237th
  • Violent Crimes: 288th (1,990th per 100k)
  • Murder: 77th (408th per 100k)
  • Rape: 138th (959th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 283rd (2,275th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 220th (873rd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 164th (1,099th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 222nd (1,795th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 157th (1,120th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 181st (508th per 100k)
  • Arson: 100th (675th per 100k)

In Orange County (2015)

  • Population: 8th
  • Violent Crimes: 6th (4th per 100k)
  • Murder: 6th (12th per 100k)
  • Rape: 4th (2nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 6th (5th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 4th (5th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 4th (1st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 5th (2nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 4th (1st per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 4th (6th per 100k)
  • Arson: 5th (2nd per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 113,204
  • Households: 40,908
  • Median Income: $66,459
  • Land Area: 15.723 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.082 miles2
  • Time Zone: PDT

Costa Mesa, CA Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 0 1
Rape 45 53
Agg. Assault 153 210
Robbery 120 122
Burglary 573 698
Vehicle Thefts 306 467
Arson 18 18

Violent Crimes in Costa Mesa, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 1
Rape 53
Aggravated Assault 210
Robbery 122

Property Crimes in Costa Mesa, CA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 698
Larceny 3558
Motor Vehicle Theft 467
Arson 18

Burglary in Costa Mesa, CA

Year Burglary
2006 524
2008 516
2009 516
2010 458
2011 524
2012 668
2013 512
2014 573
2015 698

Murder in Costa Mesa, CA

Year Murder
2006 6
2008 1
2009 1
2010 1
2011 4
2012 4
2013 1
2014 0
2015 1

California Criminal Statistics:


You can also look at statewide statistics for State:
Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 153709 166883
Murder 1699 1861
Rape 19925 22198
Agg. Assault 91803 99349
Robbery 48680 52862
Property Crimes 947192 1024914
Burglary 202670 197404
Larceny 592670 656517
Vehicle Thefts 151852 170993
Arson 0 0

Burglary in the state of California

Year Burglary
2006 246464
2007 237025
2008 237835
2009 230137
2010 228857
2011 230090
2012 245767
2013 232058
2014 202670
2015 197404

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