Londoners get crime mapping website


Londoners get crime mapping website

Antony Savvas

A new website which will enable Londoners to get crime figures for their neighbourhood has been launched by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The new "crime mapping" website means that for the first time, Londoners will be able to get information about crime levels in their neighbourhood and access local crime prevention and safety advice.

The government is aiming to provide similar crime mapping facilities to every other part of the UK by the end of the year. Some police forces already offer online crime mapping to citizens.

The London website provides a set of interactive maps, showing numbers and rates of crime, and links to other sites including Safer Neighbourhoods Team web pages. The site also compares the crime levels in local neighbourhoods to the London average.

The new crime mapping site went live on the Metropolitan police's website on 3 September, after a brief trial and testing period in August where feedback from the public was considered.

Johnson said, "Crime mapping was one of my major manifesto commitments and an important part of our strategy to tackle the number one issue for Londoners, crime and safety.

"This new online service means that Londoners will, at long last, be able to get information about crime levels in their neighbourhood at the click of a button."

He said the site would enable Londoners to assess the work of their local police in tackling the crimes that affect their neighbourhood.

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