LexisNexis Community Crime Map
Welcome to the Ventura Police Department’s crime mapping webpage. Once you have read and agreed to the terms below, you will be directed to the LexisNexis Community Crime Map website. Using this site, you can query and map selected crimes for your neighborhood, or near any intersection within the City of Ventura.
USER GUIDE for the LexisNexis Community Crime Map
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The Lexis Nexis Community Crime Map provides Ventura Police Calls For Service (CFS) on an interactive crime map.
How does it work?
Law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about each incident that occurs in their jurisdiction. When an incident happens, the officer that responded to the incident writes a detailed report with information about the event including the location, people involved, related vehicles and other useful information. This information is stored in large, secure databases within each law enforcement agency. Between departments, these databases can vary in structure and complexity, and even the data itself can follow different standards to describe the event. This can make it difficult for two neighboring cities to share crime data and benefit from being able to analyze events and offenders that cross city boundaries. LexisNexis’s regional data sharing products help centralize and standardize this information into a national database of crime to improve regional data sharing and analysis. Community Crime Map takes this data, cleans it to protect victim privacy, and displays it to the public so citizens can be aware of the events that occur in their area and take action to stay safe.
How can your city participate?
LexisNexis offers Community Crime Map as a way to give back to the community. As former (and current) analysts and officers, LexisNexis hopes to help law enforcement and defense use cutting edge analytics to protect and serve the community. Providing crime mapping and tips to the community helps law enforcement keep the public aware of crime, it builds trust with their citizens and it improves communication between the public and law enforcement. By allowing law enforcement to provide these services to the public at no cost through Community Crime Map, LexisNexis reduces any barriers for law enforcement to use public crime mapping as a crime reduction strategy.
A note about Calls For Service (CFS):
CFS are not necessarily crimes, but are a list of “calls for service” or “dispatched police calls” reflecting each time someone called the police or when an officer initiates a call based on incidents he/she finds while on patrol. The calls may be 9-1-1 calls or calls placed to our 24/7 non-emergency number. These calls may result in an officer taking a crime report. If no report is taken, the remaining calls are usually non-crime issues, i.e., false burglar alarms, cat-in-tree, police assisting public, information requests, etc. Dispatch assigns the call type after hearing the nature of the citizen’s concern. An officer may change the call type after investigating the incident.
Our department has 107 different Calls For Service (CFS) types however, included in this Community Crime Map, are 27 different call types. We do not include all 107 due to the sheer volume of CFS that would otherwise appear on a map, privacy concerns, and other extenuating factors.
The CFS types included in the map are as follows: Homicide, Attempted Homicide, Death Investigation, Sexual Assault, Sexual Offense-Other, Robbery-Commercial, Robbery-Individual, Aggravated Assault, Assault-Other, Burglary-Commercial, Burglary-Residential, Theft, Fraud, Shoplifting, Theft-Other, Motor Vehicle Theft, Burglary from Motor Vehicle, Arson, DUI, Alcohol Violation, Drugs/Narcotics Violation, Disorderly Conduct, Traffic Incident, Vandalism, Weapons Violation, All Other-Non-Criminal, All Other-Criminal.
Reporting Districts (RD) - What Are They?
The Ventura Police Department has divided the City of Ventura into four Beats. Within these beats are also 159 Reporting Districts (RDs)).
RDs are small, geographically designated areas (usually several neighborhood blocks) contained within a patrol beat. A RD could encompass a few square blocks to several square blocks.
Please note: Calls For Service (CFS) do not imply that any one reporting district is “worse” than others. CFS information is only a relative measure of crime and other activity reported to the police and is not a measure of safety or quality of life in that reporting district nor should it be relied upon for any type of legal action. The Ventura Police Department is not responsible for misinterpretation of this information and makes no inference or judgment as to the relative safety of any particular area or neighborhood.