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LAPD online crime map missing data

July 9, 2009 11:29:08 AM PDT
The Los Angeles Police Department's online crime map omits almost 40 percent of serious crimes reported in the city, according to analysis conducted by the Los Angeles Times.That amounts to about 19,000 incidents in the last six months.

LAPD left out thousands of crimes included in its official crime statistics. Among them are 26 homicides, 137 rapes and more than 1,000 violent robberies, according to the newspaper.

The map was created so residents could be more informed about what crimes are being committed in their neighborhoods and to track trends in crime.

The newspaper said it discovered the issue while developing its own online crime map and told the LAPD about the discrepancies last week.

A programming error is being blamed for the omissions, but the department has not added the missing crimes to the map yet, the newspaper reported.

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