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Thursday, 30th September 2010

New Database From Los Angeles Times Maps and Analyzes Crime In L.A. County

Joel Rubin Writes in the Los Angeles Times:

..[The] new database and crime-mapping program [was] built by the Los Angeles Times [and] contains information on all serious crimes recorded by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles county Sheriff's Department, the two agencies that patrol the vast majority of the county.

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Both agencies, like many other police departments throughout the country, have long used computer mapping programs internally to detect crime patterns, develop strategies and determine how to deploy officers. In recent years they have been experimenting with ways to make crime data available to the general public in bulk, electronic form often hiring outside companies to build online crime maps or, in some cases, posting raw crime data online that can be downloaded.

The Times' crime mapping program, which debuts Thursday, goes a step further, allowing users to analyze crime statistics, search historic crime patterns and receive alerts when several crimes occur in an area over a short period of time. As is common practice when releasing information about reported crimes, the LAPD and Sheriff's Department provide the block where a crime occurs, instead of the exact address.

Read the Entire Article (Includes Comments from Sunlight Foundation and a History of the Project)

Direct to the New "Crime LA" Database from the Los Angeles Times

See Also: The Neighborhoods (Demographic Data & Map)
California Schools Guide Databases from the Los Angeles Times

Hat Tip & Thanks: Adena S./All Points Blog




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