Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is the Interactive Crime Map?
  The interactive crime map is an online crime mapping and reporting software that makes it possible for the public to have up-to-date access to information about most criminal activity occurring within Longview. Provided in coordination with a third-party company called MapNimbus, the crime mapping software provides citizens with access on their desktop or mobile device to local crime activity data. Users will have the option to sign up for email notifications for activity that is occurring in specific neighborhoods areas of their choosing.

Q:  What crimes are listed?
  The interactive crime map lists activity according to the major index crimes: arson, assault, breaking and entering / burglary, disturbing the peace, drug offense, fraud, grant theft auto, homicide, larceny/theft, robbery, and vandalism.  Historical data for these offenses is available dating back to 2014. Due to privacy concerns for victims, the interactive crime map does not list sexual assaults or crimes against children.

Q.  How often is the interactive crime map updated?
  The information on the crime map is updated once a day at 3 a.m. based on police reports that were submitted the previous day. Please understand that there may at times be delays in updated police reports and that all information is subject to change.

Q.  What information is listed about each crime? Why doesn’t it show a specific address?
  The interactive crime map is provided a general information tool of crime occurring within an overall area or neighborhood. In the interest of victim privacy, the interactive crime map lists the general block of the incident but does not list the specific address of the incident. The crime map lists the type of crime that occurred, the date of the crime, the block location, and a case number.

Q.  How do I find out more about a particular crime I saw listed on the map?
  Additional information about particular crime reports may be available by submitting an open records request which may be done in writing at the Longview Police Department, 302 W. Cotton St., or online.

Q.  How do I sign up for notifications?
  You can receive notifications of crimes that have occurred within a radius of your selected addresses. To do so, you must first create a free account with a valid email address and then create locations. This enable you to receive notifications of crimes occurring within specific areas of your choosing.  MapNimbus Notification Sign-up

Q.  How do I use the MapNimbus software?
  MapNimbus provides a help page which answers most questions about how to utilize the tool.  MapNimbus Help

Q.  How reliable is the statistical information?
  The Interactive crime map includes historical data since 2014. However, statistical data is for general informational purposes only, is subject to change, and may not represent the final and official statistical data. Also, some types of crimes are not displayed on the crime map due to privacy concerns. 

The Longview Police Department does not make any warranty, representation or guarantee as to the content, accuracy or completeness of any of the map data. All aspects of the data provided herein are susceptible to a degree of error due to the complexities of the process involved in compiling and mapping the data.
All materials contained on this site are distributed and transmitted AS IS without warranties of any kind, either express or implied including without limitation, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall the Longview Police Department become liable to users of this data for any loss or damages arising from the use, operation or modification of the data. The visual presentation of data is being provided strictly as a courtesy, and not as an obligation.

The mapping site should never be used to attempt to reconstruct Uniform Crime Reporting numbers, other official numbers or to correlate events to a specific location.

Q.  Where can I find a map of Registered Sex Offenders?
  The State of Texas maintains a live database and sex offender registry which can be viewed online at the Department of Public Safety Website.