New crime site will be streets ahead

Richard Solly
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A NEW website will give people the power to monitor levels of crime in their neighbourhood.

SaferMK launched the street level crime mapping facility today allowing residents to view 28 sets of criteria, ranging from serious sexual offences to Anti Social Behaviour Orders, simply by typing in their postcode.

The online map is the first of its kind in the country.

Information is collated from data provided by Thames Valley Police, Milton Keynes Council and Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue.

It follows SaferMK’s community crime map initiative launched in March last year, which gave detailed crime statistics at an estate level.

The new scheme will allow people to get even more localised figures.

Although residents will not be able to simply click on an individual street to reveal the number of incidents recorded against it, they can enter a postcode and see what types of crime have been happening in their area and where and when they took place.

Incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour will appear on the city map as red indicator dots that are scaled at 500 metres wide. When people click on them they are given details of the crime that took place.

Every three months quarterly neighbourhood reports will also be available so specific statistics from a particular area can be seen.

In addition, the figures on the website will be updated every month to give the previous month’s data.

However, the data will not be available for every street in the city including a number of the rural towns and villages. Streets with fewer than 12 houses will also be excluded so that individual properties will not be identified.

SaferMK manager, Richard Solly, said: “SaferMK believes strongly in a partnership with the community in order to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. The first step is to get full and accurate local crime information into the public domain.

“We started this process last year by launching estate level crime and anti-social behaviour figures on the SaferMK Community Safety Mapping website. This second phase of the website allows residents to consider this information on an even more local level.”

Cabinet member responsible for community safety, Councillor Chris Williams, said: “Users will be able to access advice on being safe and reducing the chances of becoming a victim of crime. People can also find out local information from Thames Valley Police.

“The fact that SaferMK is the first organisation in the country to launch street level crime mapping that matches the government’s criteria further goes to show the fantastic partnership ethic and forward thinking nature here in Milton Keynes.”

The map can be viewed by visiting www.safermk.com