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2019 Des Moines Area Community College Crime & Safety Report

Is DMACC safe? On this page, we'll examine crime statistics for the college campus and surrounding areas.

Our crime and safety report on DMACC includes:

A Word About the Crime Stats for DMACC

Types of Crime & Safety Incidents

We have compiled this information on crime statistics from the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Safety and Security data. The types of crimes are divided into the following categories: arrests for major crimes, arrests for possession, violence against women, and disciplinary actions.

The arrests for major crimes category includes arrests for things such as murder, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, and arson. The violence against women grouping includes things such as domestic violence, date rape, and stalking. The arrests for possession classification deals with things such as weapons possession, alcohol violations, and drug violations. The disciplinary actions category involves possession of weapons, alcohol violations, and drug violations in the cases where no arrest occurred but some action was taken.

Number of Incidents

It is not unusual for institutions to report that no incidents occurred in some of these categories. In fact, 56% of the schools we cover reported no arrests for major crimes, 67% reported no violence against women, 70% reported no arrests for possession, and 68% reported no disciplinary actions.

Zero incidents of reported crime may be nice to see, but it does not necessarily mean the school is safer, as it could indicate lax reporting. Similarly, a high number of incidents could indicate that the school is more strict about reporting and law enforcement than other institutions.

DMACC Overall Crime Stats

14 Total Number of Incidents
0.60 Incidents per 1000 Students
Des Moines Area Community College reported 14 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place at or near campus or on other properties affiliated with the school. That works out to 0.60 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 23,258.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 12 1,670 0.52 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 1 880 0.04 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 1 334 0.04 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 0 2,670 0.00 4,574.85

DMACC Overall Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of DMACC crime and safety incidents are in each category.

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Around 7.1% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Des Moines Area Community College resulted in arrests for possession. About 85.7% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 7.1% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how DMACC compares to other colleges and universities in the nation when it comes to each category of crime and safety-related incidents. Note that this does not take school size into account so larger schools are likely to have more incidents.

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We can factor in the size of the school and look at the incidents per thousand students as well.

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Violence Against Women  (Incidents per 1000 Students)
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DMACC Overall Crime by Location

The percentage breakdown of DMACC crime and safety incidents by location is shown in the following chart.

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DMACC On-Campus Crime Stats

14 Total Number of Incidents
0.60 Incidents per 1000 Students
Des Moines Area Community College reported 14 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on campus. That works out to 0.60 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 23,258.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 12 1,585 0.52 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 1 813 0.04 888.89
Violence Against Women 1 331 0.04 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 0 2,645 0.00 4,544.91

DMACC On-Campus Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of DMACC on-campus crime and safety incidents are in each category.

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DMACC Residence Hall Crime Stats

1 Total Number of Incidents
0.04 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Des Moines Area Community College reported 1 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students in residence halls. These counts are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Based on a student body population of 23,258, that's 0.04 incidents per 1,000 students.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 0 167 0.00 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 1 140 0.04 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 0 2,507 0.00 4,029.94

DMACC Residence Hall Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of DMACC crime and safety incidents by category in residence halls is shown in the following chart.

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References

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