This week new online crime maps for England and Wales have been launched, allowing people to see what offences have been reported in their local community. Check out Police.uk, simply enter your postcode, town, village or street into the search box, and get instant access to street-level crime maps and data, as well as details of your local policing team and beat meetings.
Information on crime is broken down into six categories – burglary, robbery, vehicle crime, violence, other crime and anti-social behaviour. Sex crimes have been included in the “other” category, along with crimes such as theft and shoplifting, to help prevent victims from being identified.
Local police appeals and details of police community meetings will also be published alongside the maps.
Here’s a screenshot of my area:
This brings lots of positives, although one large negative is that whenever a new set of data is uploaded – probably each month – the previous set will be removed, making comparisons impossible and so therefore