Online crime maps go live
All 43 police forces across England and Wales are now offering online crime maps showing offences broken down by area.
The Metropolitan Police began offering such a service in beta in August which went down to ward level - about every 600 households. Police have used mapped crime information internally for some time when allocating resources.
As maps for different forces were created locally, the level of detail varies. Forces in Wales and the East Midlands are running their maps together.
Neil Rhodes, from the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: "For many years, all forces have mapped crimes and incidents to help them focus investigations, analyse hot spots and tackle crime vigorously."
"The information now on the forces’ websites has a different, more community-focused perspective, and means the public can now look at crime levels in their community simply by putting their postcode into their local police force’s website."
The maps seen by the Reg seem to offer different levels of detail but mostly divide crime into offences like burglary, robbery, vehicle crime and violence against the person and anti-social behaviour.
The Home Office statement is here. ®
Direct Links to Crime Maps
Direct Links to Crime Maps where available:
So I went to my local police map, typed in my postcode, got a naff map and some figures that said some types of crime had gone up and some have gone down, and then I was filled with a feeling that I couldn't quite describe. Was it apathy; was it disinterest; was it antipathy? I wasn't sure quite what I was feeling so I checked the press release. Empowerment - that's it, I'm empowered now. I feel so empowered I think my head is going to explode. I feel like I'm in a dilbert cartoon. I think I'll have to go and lie down for a bit I'm until the empowered-ness wears off.
Mines the cloak of empowerability...
How is anti-social behavior a crime?