Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, welcomes a new online tool which allows local people to check on the safety of their estate, village, or route to work. Users can make their own personalised crime maps on the Government website ‘Police.uk’.
The new ‘Draw Your Own Area’ function celebrates the two-year anniversary of the successful Police.uk website. Since its launch the service has received 548 million hits with an average of over 365,000 a day in the last month alone.
‘Draw Your Own Area’ means visitors will for the first time be able to plot on a map the precise area for which they want information on crime, anti-social behaviour and outcomes, rather than relying on a standard one mile radius from a given postcode.
Welcoming the new tool, Mr Metcalfe said: “’Police.uk’ is a great resource. It has proved very popular with users locally and across the country, with hundreds of millions of hits since its launch. These new features mean local people in South Basildon and East Thurrock will have even more information at their fingertips about crime in our area. It means we can all hold the police and our Police and Crime Commissioner to account to ensure we keep driving crime down.”
Conservative Police and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green MP added: “Crime maps have been a phenomenal success with over 548 million hits on ‘Police.uk’ since its launch two years ago. There is a huge appetite for transparency and information across the Criminal Justice System and we are responding by enhancing the information provided on ‘Police.uk.”