5:42 PM PDT, July 17, 2013
The Costa Mesa Police Department is now listing crimes and calls for service online.
The listings, which go back a week, are taken from the police Telecommunications Center and updated every four minutes.
Visitors to the police website can read a blotter that lists police calls or click on an interactive map for a citywide view. Tuesday's report included calls for theft, vandalism, child neglect and other crimes.
"Our goal is to reduce crime and quality of life issues negatively impacting our community through a better-informed citizenry," according to a Police Department press release. "The crime mapping program is designed to keep residents continually informed about crimes, arrests and other police-related activities occurring in Costa Mesa."
The blotter is not necessarily an indication that a crime took place, merely that a crime was reported. The Calls for Service link on the site shows that police were dispatched — not whether a crime report was taken. The Crime Map indicates that a call for service resulted in a crime report.
To see the map, go to http://www.costamesaca.gov and click on the Police tab and then click on Crime Info and then Crime Map.
— Staff reports