We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Online crime maps live 'by the end of 2008'

Detailed crime sites to 'increase public confidence'

Online maps showing detailed crime patterns in communities across the UK will be available to residents by the end of the year. Web users will be able to compare crime rates in their area with neighbouring communities.

The crime maps will details where and when a crime has happened - as long as it has been reported, of course. The level of detail will drill down to individual streets for certain crimes.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced the initiative as part of a Policing Green Paper. She said: "By rolling out up-to-date interactive crime maps we can better inform people about crime problems in their area, and enable them to have much more of a say in what their local police focus on."

"This will help to increase public confidence in the police and make communities safer."

See also:

Government's Crime Maps nonsense

The scheme has already been trialled by several police forces around the country, including the West Yorkshire force who launched a similar programme in February 2005.

Catherine Archer, the chief executive of West Yorkshire Police Authority, told PC Advisor: "We believe that people have an absolute right to be informed about the crime in their local area and be directed to information that would help them to prevent becoming victims of crime in the future.

"Based on their postcode, users are provided with a map of their local council ward, with dots marking where a range of crime types have occurred in the past month.

"Perceptions of crime tend to be higher than reality, so most people feel reassured about the level of crime in their area and we have received only positive feedback."

iconDownload the Policing Green Paper here

Visit Broadband Advisor for the latest news and reviews about the internet and internet tools, and to use PC Advisor's independent broadband speed checker


IDG UK Sites

5 reasons not to wait for the Apple Watch: Why you shouldn't buy the iWatch

IDG UK Sites

Why local multiplayer gaming is rapidly vanishing: we look at the demise of split-screen and LAN...

IDG UK Sites

How Emotional Debt is damaging digital design

IDG UK Sites

iPhone buying advice: Should I buy an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, or iPhone 5c, or wait for7......