The deliverables of an airborne LiDAR survey usually include all points, ground points, digital surface models (DSM) and digital elevation models (DEM). Indices of point clouds tested in this study include density of all points, density of ground points, density of only returns, and density of multiple returns. Shallow landslides are the most common landslides triggered by torrential rainfalls and explicit fresh scars after rainfall events. Multiple returns in forest area give the possibility of differentiating landslide scars from vegetated lands. Classification results from the indices derived from these four kinds of densities are verified by the result obtained by manual interpretation of the derived nDSM images. The experiment is carried out using the dataset obtained in I-Lan County after Typhoon Kalmaegi on 17 July 2008. The results show that a proper definition of the parameters for the indices is most critical for the detection of shallow landslides.