Times launches crime map

WANT to know what crooks and criminals have been up to in your neighbourhood? Well now you can – and the Times can help.

New crime-mapping websites have made headlines across the country this week, with millions flocking to take advantage of the new system.

Launched by the Government and welcomed by the authorities, the new online resource allows people to search for crime information by postcode.

This means you can build up a clear picture of crime trends where you live, or plan to live, defining your search by criteria you choose yourself.

Supporters of the idea say this will increase police accountability as residents are able to see, at the click of a button, problem areas in their streets and towns.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is in favour of the new site.

A spokesman said: “The provision of street level crime information will enable residents of Avon and Somerset to have greater access to local crime information and they will be able to see the crime that has been happening on their streets.

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“It builds on the success of neighbourhood policing and will make Avon and Somerset Constabulary more transparent and accountable to local people”

Huge demand for the new website saw it crash during its first few days, but those who want to use the facility can access it through the Times website.

Simply visit our homepage at www.northsomersettimes.co.uk, and use the top menu bar to navigate to ‘MPs and Council’ in the North Somerset Life section.

In there, you’ll not only find the crime-mapping facility, but also a host of other useful information about the community you live in.