Londoners can check crime stats on the internet
Published: September 03 2008 23:47
London: A website which allows Londoners to get crime figures for their neighbourhood was being launched on Wednesday by Boris Johnson and Scotland Yard.
It provides a set of interactive maps showing numbers and rates of crime and links to other sites including Safer Neighbourhoods Team web pages. The site also compares the crime levels in neighbourhoods to the London average.
The crimes recorded involve cars burglary and robbery but further categories including anti-social behaviour will be added.
The Mayor said: "Crime mapping was one of my major manifesto commitments and an important part of our strategy to tackle the number one issue for Londoners crime and safety.
"Crime mapping puts information into the hands of every London citizen about the levels of crimes as well as contact details of their local police officers. This is a major step forward in enabling Londoners to really be able to assess the work of their local police in tackling the crimes that affect their neighbourhood."
The maps do not offer street by street guides as the Mayor had originally claimed but there are 4765 sub-wards covering roughly 500 houses and ranging from two streets to 10. Areas have classifications ranging from low to average and high.
Murder youth arrested
London police said on Wednesday they had arrested a youth in connection with the murder of Shaquille Smith a 14-year-old boy stabbed to death in the capital at the weekend.
Smith died from a stab wound to his abdomen after becoming involved in a fight with a group of youths on Saturday night in Hackney east London. He was the 25th teenager to die in violent circumstances in London this year.
His 16-year-old sister also suffered wounds in the incident but her injuries were not serious. Police said they arrested a male in his late teens in east London early on Wednesday.