The Times’ database of Los Angeles County crime reports delivers the power of neighborhood crime analysis to each reader’s computer. Its visual interface adds context to crime statistics, with a clean design that invites readers to interact on many levels.
Using data from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Crime L.A. creates maps and reports for the hundreds of cities and neighborhoods covered by these agencies. It provides detailed crime reports and incident-trend profiles that allow readers to view the information in the context of where they live and work, as well as to share comments and insight.
With daily updates, readers can keep current on local crime and compare crime levels across more than 200 neighborhoods and localities. When violent or property crimes rise sharply in LAPD-patrolled neighborhoods, the system delivers a crime alert. Long-term statistics are available for areas covered by LAPD and the sheriff. This is part of the Mapping L.A. project, which launched in 2009 with The Times’ map of 87 neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles, re-drawn with the help of readers who redrew with our initial boundaries. It runs alongside Homicide Report, an interactive that tracks every homicide in the county using a database and searchable map. Each has built on the former, with a seamless integration that makes otherwise daunting data manageable and accessible to the public.
Crime L.A. was produced entirely with open-source software including Django, Google Maps, jQuery, OpenLayers, PostgresSQL, Simile and Timemap.
Entry Link: http://crime.latimes.com/
This post was submitted by Tracy Boucher.