Since the beginning of 2009, police.uk (also known as Crimemapper) has published street level crime and anti-social behaviour statistics from all Police forces in England and Wales. This allows members of the public to see what is happening in their local area.
Since the first publication, police.uk has been developed to include information relating to ‘Justice Outcomes’ (introduced in May 2012 and provided by partners in the criminal justice system) and ‘Stop and Search’ activity (introduced with a sample of forces in April 2015).
- Anti-social behaviour
Includes personal, environmental and nuisance anti-social behaviour
- All crime
Total for all categories
- Bicycle theft
Includes the taking without consent or theft of a pedal cycle
Includes offences where a person enters a house or other building with the intention of stealing
- Criminal damage and arson
Includes damage to buildings and vehicles, and deliberate damage by fire
Includes offences related to possession, supply and production
- Other crime
Includes forgery, perjury and other miscellaneous crime
- Other theft
Includes theft by an employee, blackmail and making off without payment
- Possession of weapons
Includes possession of a weapon, such as a firearm or knife
- Public disorder and weapons
Includes offences which cause fear, alarm, distress or possession of a weapon such as a firearm
- Public order
Includes offences which cause fear, alarm or distress
Includes offences where a person uses force or threat of force to steal
Includes theft from shops or stalls
- Theft from the person
Includes crimes that involve theft directly from the victim (including handbag, wallet, cash, mobile phones) but without the use or threat of physical force
- Vehicle crime
Includes theft from or of a vehicle or interference with a vehicle
- Violence and sexual offences
Includes offences against the person such as common assaults, Grievous Bodily Harm and sexual offences.
What do the dots on the map represent?
Each dot marks the approximate location of where a crime or incidence of anti-social behaviour has occurred. To ensure privacy of individuals, incidents of crime or anti-social behaviour are mapped to a point on, or near, the street where it happened, rather than the actual location itself. This is referred to as a ‘safe location’.
For example: A burglary at 10 Made-up Street on 20th December 2011
To show how the police.uk website maps the location of a crime/incident, the example of a burglary at a house will be used. The burglary took place at 10 Made-up Street on 20th December 2011, the location of which is shown (as the red dot) on the image below:
1) Original approximate location of a burglary
Rather than put a dot over the house where the burglary took place (10 Made-up Street) and identify the victim. The website will move the location of this incident to the nearest ‘safe location’, as shown in the diagram below:
2) 'Safe location' where the burglary is moved to on police.uk
The police.uk website will put a dot in the middle of Made-up Street and the descriptive text will state "there has been a burglary on or near Made-up Street".
If the street where the incident occurred has less than eight postal addresses, the dot will be moved to the nearest street with the required number of postal addresses.
Due to the application of ‘safe location’ methodology, users of the police.uk website should be aware that when viewing street-level maps, the data published on the website does not necessarily portray exact locations of where the crime/incident occurred.
How do you decide where the dots (which represent a crime or incidence) are?
Data is provided by forces directly to police.uk, they then upload the data onto the website. Police.uk then automatically calculates the nearest 'safe location' where the crime / incident should be mapped to, and it is this location which is presented on the website.
‘Safe location’ methodology has been developed by police.uk in consultation with the Information Commissioners Office and Data protection specialists.
‘Safe locations’ within Cheshire have been identified by police.uk, not the Constabulary.
How do I view the police.uk website?
Visit the Crimemapper website and type in your postcode to see statistics for your area.