Kidnapping up in LA in the first six months of 2019

Spike in first six months, downward trend in past nine years


We originally published this story on social media: Crosstown LA.








How we did it: We examined publicly available LAPD data on kidnapping and kidnapping attempts for the first six months of 2019 as well as longer term trends from 2010 – present. For neighborhood boundaries, we rely on the borders defined by the Los Angeles Times. Learn more about our data here.


LAPD data only reflects crimes that are reported to the department, not how many crimes actually occurred. In making our calculations, we rely on the data the LAPD makes publicly available. The LAPD periodically updates past crime reports with new information, leading the department to recategorize past reports.


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