Gazette launches crime map

Joseph Bulmer

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

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

North Devon MP Nick Harvey is among those in favour of crime-mapping.

He said: “I feel on the whole that these crime maps are a good thing.

“The media can give a misleading impression of crime levels and such maps will serve to show that many areas suffer little or no crime or will help to clarify isolated incidents or indeed trends that need to be addressed.

“Arguably it will also encourage greater openness and accountability by the Police in highlighting local concerns and priorities.”

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 Gazette’s website.

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

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