The new information gives the public the power to look back and see the crimes and incidents of anti-social behaviour that have happened on or near their streets in January and December. It also lets people know how and who to contact in their local force to demand action is taken if they are concerned about issues in their local community.
Over 382 million hits to date
Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice Nick Herbert said: ‘the sheer scale of public demand for street level crime and policing information since its launch last month has been incredible. The website has received over 382 million hits to date, and over two thousand pieces of individual feedback from the public, the majority of which have been really positive.
‘By enabling you to compare how many crimes have occurred in your area from one month to the next, we are giving you even more power to hold your local force to account on how they are dealing with the issues that matter locally.
‘The privacy of individuals and victims continues to be a priority for us, which is why some crimes need to be mapped to anonymous points on, or near, the point on the street where they occurred.
‘We have been working with police forces to ensure this latest set of data is as accurately mapped as possible, particularly where crimes have happened in public spaces such as shopping centres or airports. We are also working with six trailblazer areas to see how we can open up crime and justice even more.’
Easy to use
Over 2000 comments about the website and results from an online survey have shown that approximately 84 per cent of users find the site easy to use, 63 per cent feel better informed about crime and ASB and 52 per cent feel better informed about policing.
A facebook game with more than 3000 members has also been established, and people are using the data to discuss community safety issues in their area.