City of Mesa’s Crime Rate Falls Nine Percent

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the City of Mesa’s crime rate dropped by 9 percent in 2004, compared with the previous year.  The primary declines were in the areas of thefts, stolen cars and burglaries.  The city had 25,864 crimes reported in 2004, compared with 28,473 in 2003.

Property crime dropped by 10.5 percent from 2003 to 2004, far ahead of the national average drop of 1.8 percent.  It was reported that Mesa’s overall crime rate last year was 57.5 incidents per 100,000 population, the city’s lowest rate in six years.

However, violent crimes, including homicides, rapes and assaults, rose by 6.6 percent in 2004, while the rate dropped nationally 1.7 percent.

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