If you are trying to find the safest areas in Los Angeles to move your family, don't look to the LAPD's online interactive crime map as it apparently leaves off the serious crimes such as murder and rape according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.
The Times investigation reveals that the Los Angeles Police Department's crime map, which plots crime across the city and is promoted as a way for citizens to monitor the safety of their neighborhoods, has failed to include almost 40% (or approximately 19,000) serious crimes reported in the city over the last six months.
Among the 19,000 serious crimes reported between January 1 and June 13 that do not appear on the LAPD crime map, located at lapdcrimemaps.org, includes 26 homicides, 3,798 burglaries, 10,766 personal or vehicle thefts and 137 rapes.
The crimes omitted from the crime map are actually crimes that have been included in the LAPD's official crimes statistics. The official crime tally for the city stands at more than 52,000 recorded serious crimes, yet, the crime map only contained less than 33,000 for the same period of time.
Included in the omitted crimes are ones that citizens would most certainly want to know about, including the following: a rape in which a man hid in the back of a woman's car and forced her to drive to North Hollywood where he sexually assaulted her; two violent robberies committed by men posing as police officers.
The inaccuracies in the LAPD's crime map undermines its purpose and use as a tool to allow citizens to accurately gauge the safety of their neighborhoods. Many citizens are frustrated by the false reporting and feel they are being misled by the LAPD and further being lulled into a false sense of security.
It appears the LAPD is cautious to respond to the problems with their crime map at this time. Lt. Rick Banks says "the department is looking into the issue that you brought to our attention. When we come up with our findings, we will respond to you."
Just last week, the LAPD added some 20,000 crimes to their 2009 statistics but those crimes have yet to show up on the crime map.
Written by Gabriel Dorman
Los Angeles, California
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