Published Monday, 17 December 2012
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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.
"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."