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The Los Angeles Police Department's online crime map intended for public use has failed to include nearly 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 are included in their official crime statistics.
The map, touted as a way for residents to monitor the safety of their neighborhoods, doesn't include about 19,000 serious crimes reported in other LAPD data. Officials say they're looking into it.
I'm sure this is all we will ever find out about this too.
As you know, reporting to the FBI for inclusion into the Uniform Crime Report is voluntary and there are no real guidelines for how to do that. Many departments have a vested interest in either making their crime look LOW (if a particular official is seeking reelection, for example and wants to look like he or she has reduced crime) or in making their crime look HIGH (if a particular official is trying to argue for more resources or officers).