Crime maps now more detailed
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 February 2012
The crime mapping website will now show more detailed information including incidents recorded on the railways and stations.
A year after its introduction the interactive website www.police.uk now features incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour recorded at all train stations and railway networks across England and Wales, the Home Office announced last Wednesday (1).
Communities will also start to see incidents that occurred on or near a range of additional areas including shops, nightclubs, hospitals, parks and car parks.
The points on the website will relate to as few as eight postal addresses, rather than the previous threshold of 12. A Home Office spokesman said this change will continue to protect the identities of the individuals while providing the public with an even greater level of localised information to hold their local police force to account.
And from May the public will be able to use www.police.uk to see what action officers have taken after a crime has been recorded.
Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, Nick Herbert, said: “Our crime mapping website is continuing to evolve and revolutionise the way people access crime data.
“The public appetite is clear with 453 million hits to the website since its launch. We have listened to public demand for even more detailed information.
“Information is power and crime mapping helps transfer power back to local people. Together with the election of police and Crime Commissioners later this year we are helping the public to hold local forces to account.”
British Transport Police Chief Constable Andy Trotter said: “This is a positive step forward. It is important people have access to crime data, and I am pleased that details of crime and antisocial behaviour on the rail network will now be included on the crime mapping website.”
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