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Los Angeles Police Department's interactive crime map is full of errors, Times analysis finds

July 8, 2009 |  9:57 pm

There are major flaws with the Los Angeles Police Department's interactive map plotting crime across the city, according to a Times investigation. 

Reporters Ben Welsh and Doug Smith found the map -- used by the public to look at crime in their neighborhoods -- somehow omits many crimes.

 Here are details:

The Los Angeles Police Department's online crime map intended for public use has failed to include about 40% of serious crimes reported in the city, a Times analysis has found. The omissions, which date back at least six months, include thousands of crimes known to LAPD officials and included in their official crime statistics.

Among the 19,000 incidents between Jan. 1 and June 13 that do not appear at lapdcrimemaps.org:

* 26 homicides

* 3,798 burglaries

* 10,766 personal or vehicle thefts

* 137 rapes

In one of those rapes, a man hid in the back of a woman's car, forced her to drive to an abandoned North Hollywood apartment and assaulted her. It was the kind of incident that residents of the neighborhood around Sherman Way and Kester Avenue would have wanted to know about.

Read the full story here.