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Crime Mapping and Crime Reporting

Neighborhood Councils often have representatives from their local police station present crime reports and updates at Neighborhood Council board meetings or committee meetings. These reports tend to be summaries, since delving into specific incidents tends to be time prohibitive.  So, that means NC members and stakeholders usually have to do some sleuthing of their own in the available public records.

The good news is there are numerous resources for tracking crime in Los Angeles, and this article introduces a few of them.

LAPD: Both the Los Angeles Police Department and the LA Sheriff’s Department refer visitors to CrimeMapping.com. Filters allow you to view all crimes or only specific categories of crimes that you choose. You may select a date range for when crimes were allegedly committed. Site users can also generate summary reports and charts using the data they’ve selected with the filters.

LA Times: The Los Angeles Times crime webpage maps crimes by color-coded types of crimes. The LA Times also provides crime rankings by neighborhood, which include categories such as “Most violent crimes per 10,000 people” and “Most property crimes per 10,000 people.” Other maps that the Times provides show the geographic reach of LAPD division jurisdictions and LA County Sheriff’s Stations jurisdictions.

LA Sheriff’s Department: The Sheriff publishes crime reports here, including preliminary daily reports, monthly reports, and yearly reports. Citizens may also call in a tip at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

City of Los Angeles: One of the city’s data deep dives is an online portal of “Crime Data from 2010 to Present,” which is a large, searchable database of crimes in the city since 2010.

California Department of Justice: The state’s justice department offers statistics on crime searchable by county. Searchable categories include adult probation, arrest dispositions, arrests, crimes & clearances, criminal justice personnel, and domestic violence.

Real Estate Websites: Many popular websites for real estate buyers or renters also provide neighborhood crime statistics, although the sources and accuracy of data on these non-government sites may vary. Neighborhood Scout and Trulia are two examples of real estate sites with crime data.

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