NI street crime maps launched

Published Monday, 17 December 2012
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Online crime maps detailing offences reported in Northern Ireland on a street by street basis have been launched by PSNI.

NI street crime maps launched
The new maps will detail offences reported across NI. (© Google/PSNI)

Members of the public will be able to assess how safe or otherwise an area is using the postcode search service.

The maps, which are updated on a monthly basis, outline data on 11 categories of offence - burglary; anti-social behaviour; robbery; vehicle crime; violent crime; public disorder and weapons; shoplifting; criminal damage and arson; other theft; drugs; and other crime.

Incidents are linked to the street where an incident happened and not specific locations, to ensure the identity and addresses of victims are protected.

The resource also provides contact details for neighbourhood police officers working in each area.

It has been made available to Northern Ireland as the region has been incorporated into an internet site already providing the crime mapping service for England and Wales.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott said the innovation was part of the PSNI's drive to place the community at the heart of its service.

While overall crime figures across Northern Ireland are at the lowest for many years, we can all play our part in driving crime down even further.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott

He added: "We want this information to help promote informed engagement between the public, their local neighbourhood police officers and partner organisations to identify local solutions to local issues."

Policing Board chair Brian Rea praised the new online service.

"This is an innovative system that will bring benefits for policing in terms of accountability, community engagement and partnership working," he said.

"As a board we want people to take the time to access this new system, find out what the crime issues are in their area and then through their local Policing and Community Safety Partnership, and ask what action is being taken by police and other agencies in response."

Stormont Justice Minister David Ford added: "The perception of crime in local communities often differs sharply from the reality.

"For the first time, this new website will enable the public to get accurate, relevant and timely information about crime and anti-social behaviour levels in their area.

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"With this information, the PSNI is empowering local communities to not only hold their local officers to account but also to work with them and others in local Police and Community Safety Partnerships to develop solutions on areas of concern."
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7 Comments
Ian in Portstewart wrote (616 days ago):
Poor Sam,England is a dirty old dump,3rd world housing,traffic jams everyday for hours,crime is awful,and young people high on drugs,suppose if you have never been on a big boat are plane life is sad..hope Santa brings you nice new mask to keep out all those nasty flumes...
Jackie in Belfast wrote (616 days ago):
Sam ,sam you dont know what you are missing :)
Sam in England wrote (617 days ago):
The whole province is a crime hotspot. A waste of money, i would never visit the place never mind live in it
Ian in Carrickfergus wrote (617 days ago):
I found it to be a waste of time. I put in my postcode and it gave me 64 incidents within a mile radius. I wanted to know how many incidents there were in my immediate vicinity. Surely whenever the police input an incident into their system and allocate the incident address, they have a software programme that allocates a post code automatically. Why is it so difficult to break the number of incidents down to street level.
n.i.o. stunt in comber wrote (617 days ago):
what a waste of monies,we all know the crime spots without reading a map, these monies should be spent on fighting crime.this is another stunt by the n.i.o. to con us into thinking that crime areas should be highlighted to the public, we are not stupid.
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