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Wondering Where Crime is Occurring in Palo Alto?

Wondering Where Crime is Occurring in Palo Alto? is an online mapping and analysis service provided by Public Engines, Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. combines the value of police data with the ease-of-use of Google-based mapping and an analytics module so that members of the public can view police data in a high-impact map or summary descriptive format. Members of the public may also sign up to receive free email alerts based on user-defined parameters (e.g., geography, crime types, frequency, etc.). 

The service utilizes Crime and Incident Report data from the PAPD RMS system.  RMS stands for Records Management System. RMS is a highly specialized application that allows the Police Department to store and analyze Crime, Incident and Accident report data.

Offense data is utilized for, including the following data fields: report date, report time, Report number, and incident location.

Description for the RMS data fields included in

·                    Report (Case) Number (Identifier): Electronically generated by the Police Department’s Computer Aided Dispatch system, this number catalogues a Crime or incident reported to the Police Department. The Incident number consists of 9 characters. In the following example event number, PP1402112, PP= Palo Alto Police, 14= year, 02112 = event number

·                    Entry Date & Time: This is the date and time that the Crime or Incident was reported to the Police Department. In the following example, 2014-03-14 19:34:20, the event was reported on March 14, 2014 at 7:34:20 PM (note: the time is expressed in 24-hour format).

·                    Incident Location: This is the 100 block address and intersection information. translates address data into block level data. This means that if an incident occurs at 123 Main Street, it will show up as 100 Block Main Street in the application.  Some location fields will be populated with "address could not be mapped" if the data was not geo-processed accurately.

The following table provides several examples to demonstrate the block translation process:

Street Number

Block translation


0 Block


100 Block


1000 Block


12000 Block


Using the data from in support of community safety goals. Data from can be reviewed and used to improve community safety. data is appropriate to consider and discuss as part of coordinated crime prevention initiatives. Members of the community are encouraged to continue partnering and problem-solving with the PAPD while using data toward shared police-community goals. 

Non-crime or traffic related incidents are not shown by data is updated automatically once per day and contains the most recent sixty days of data online. However, Police Reports are only entered into RMS during the week, so reports taken over the weekend or holidays will not be entered until the next business day and depending on staffing and work load.


Information provided within is intended for the expressed purpose of educating the public on police activity in the City of Palo Alto.  Beyond that intended outcome, the Police Department is hoping to enhance our partnerships with the community and is asking the public to provide the Department with any information that would assist the PAPD to resolve crimes.  Follow-up information should be directed to the Police by either calling the Crime Analysis Office at  650-329-2536 or by emailing them at; Information of an emergency nature should be passed through the Department’s 9-1-1 emergency system.

Under no circumstances should any member of the public take any action on their own behalf as it relates to the information provided on this website, other than notifying the Palo Alto Police Department with information they wish to share.

If you have trouble using the website,  click on the link below for assistance in utilizing

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In addition, Java script and Cookies must be enabled to use the site. These features are usually enabled by default.  

FAQ and other related information (e.g., company, partners, legal) can be found near the bottom of the site at

The information displayed on this website is susceptible to some degree of error due to the collection, entry, and geo-processing of the data. No warranty or guarantee is made nor implied regarding the content, geographic accuracy, timeliness, completeness, sequence, or accuracy of any of the information provided herein. The reader should not rely on the data provided herein for any reason. The information is provided strictly as a courtesy to the public.

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Last Updated: April 17, 2014