By Simon Brown
Today sees the Government’s launch of a new digital map which will not only allow residents in England & Wales to check on their community’s crime statistics, but can also compare the figures for two areas as well as showing whether crime has increased or decreased year-on-year. This news follows the online publication of maps for individual police areas in January.
Policing and Crime Minister David Hanson MP said: “Crime maps are a key part of delivering neighbourhood policing and giving communities access to information like this not only improves public confidence but ensures police are responding to local people’s needs.
“We know the public want this information, which will allow them to hold the police to account and help create an even more responsive and effective service.”
Steve Mortimore, Deputy Chief Executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency, added that the crime maps were “a crucial way of improving the efforts to tackle local crime, since communities that are involved in policing help reduce crime and bring more offenders to justice.”