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Net marks crime capital

PUBLISHED: 17:20 22 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:21 25 August 2010

A CRIME map of the capital has been launched on the internet by the Metropolitan Police Service. Burglaries, robberies and vehicle thefts are charted ward by ward on the map launched last Wednesday and each is graded by colour between high and low crime

A CRIME map of the capital has been launched on the internet by the Metropolitan Police Service.

Burglaries, robberies and vehicle thefts are charted ward by ward on the map launched last Wednesday and each is graded by colour between high and low crime.

The project is in its infancy and is expected to be expanded to show violent and sexual crimes, anti-social behaviour and the number of calls made to the police.

By borough, Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich were all classed as having an 'average' rate of burglaries and robberies, whilst Westminster had the highest rate in London.

No borough in London was classed as having 'low' crime.

At the moment users can only view crime statistics of their sub-ward area of around 633 houses, or of their borough.

High crime sub-wards were shown to be clustered in Greenwich Peninsula and were also dotted around Woolwich, Thamesmead and Belvedere.

However, areas of 'high' crime appear adjacent to 'lower than average' areas.

Chris Jarratt, Greenwich borough commander, said: "The reality with Greenwich Peninsula is we have a growing population, in addition we have the O2 which lends itself to an increase of offences."

To view the crime map, visit http://maps.met.police.uk/.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk


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