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Members of the public can now check the safety of their estate, village, or route to work by making their own personalised crime maps.
The new Draw Your Own Area function on the Police.uk website means visitors can plot a precise area to create their own crime map. This provides specific information on crime, antisocial behaviour and outcomes for that region.
The tool is one of several new features that have been added to the crime maps website to mark its two year anniversary. During that period Police.uk has received 548 million hits with an average of 365,000 a day in the last month alone.
Police and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green said: 'Crime maps have been a phenomenal success with millions of hits since their launch two years ago.
'These changes mean members of the public will have even more tailored information at their fingertips to hold their local police to account and ensure crime continues to be driven down.'
As well as providing information on crime Police.uk has helped people get in touch with their local police teams listing 32,433 neighbourhood officers, with 887,000 views of the 'Meet the Team' pages.
Other new functions available on Police.uk include:
- See Your Stats – an in-depth analysis tab featuring pie charts which provide a breakdown of crimes, anti-social behaviour and outcomes in the area, as well as line graphs which show the rise and fall of crime over time
- Information on the local Police and Crime Commissioner – including their name, picture, contact details and priorities