The Los Angeles Police Department is battling a virtual crime wave in downtown L.A. caused by an Internet map coding error.
If the department's online crime map is to be believed, one might think that a downtown location just a block from the LAPD's new headquarters is the most crime-ridden place in the city. In the past six months, that location experienced 1,380 crimes--4 percent of all crimes mapped--or roughly eight a day.
The crimes were real, but the locations were off. A coding error within the system's geocoding--the process of converting addresses into map … Read more