Interactive Crime Map & Reporting Districts

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Interactive Crime Map

The following link: Interactive Crime Map, will take you to our Ventura Police Calls For Service (CFS) crime map that was developed by the City of Ventura's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division. 

If you have any questions on how to use the CFS mapping features please contact our Crime Analyst, Karen Heath-Karayan at 805.339.4357 or via e-mail at kkarayan@venturapd.org.

Viewing the Map and Searching for Calls For Service (CFS):

  • When viewing the map, the default option opens a window that allows you to search for CFS by Date Range and Incident Type. 
  • The "Adv" button at the top of the page allows you to perform an Advanced Search of CFS.  The Advanced Search allows you to search by Reporting District (please see below for information on what is a Reporting District), a variety of Date Ranges, or even via address. 
  • Call location details are rounded to the nearest 100 block to protect the privacy of the parties involved.
  • The map updates once every 24 hours at approximately 5:15 a.m. each day with CFS from the previous 24 hour period.

A note about 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 911 calls or calls placed to the non-emergency dispatch 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.

Calls For Service Types

Our department has 102 different Calls For Service (CFS) types however, included in the Interactive CFS Map, are 30 different call types.  We do not include all 102 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:  Assault With A Deadly Weapon; Assault, Battery; Indecent Exposure, Lewd Conduct, Prostitution; Shooting Victim; Stabbing Victim; Burglary-Commercial; Burglary-Residential; Burglary-Vehicle; Armed Robbery, Strong Arm; Grand Theft, Petty Theft, Embezzlement; Subjects (Distributing); Drunk Subject, Distributing, Sleeping, Loitering, etc; Subjects Fighting; Gang Fight, Gang Activity; Juvenile Problem, Skateboarders Distributing; Prowler, Seen, Heard; Shots Fired, Shots Heard; Subject With Gun; Suspicious Circumstances, Vehicles, Subjects, Or Open Doors; Kidnapping; H&S Violations, Using, Selling, Possession; Arson Incident; Lost, Found Receiving Stolen Property; Vandalism, Vehicle, Residential, Commercial, Or Graffiti; Parolee, Probation; Hit And Run With Injuries; Traffic Accident With Injuries; Recovered Stolen Vehicle; Stolen Vehicle.

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.

As described above, you can view calls within a RD on the Crime Map.

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.

Contact Information

Should you have any questions regarding the crime data, mapping system, CFS, or other crime related questions please do not hesitate to call our Crime Analyst, Karen Heath-Karayan at 805.339.4357 or via e-mail at kkarayan@venturapd.org.