To find out more information about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area visit the police website, the latest development of the government's crime mapper initiative, giving the public greater access to local crime information across England and Wales.
The site shows crime from the past month in six categories as dots on a street map. The dots, known as ‘snap points', are fixed at neutral locations and represent the approximate location of where the crime or incident has happened.
On the site, users will also be able to access details of their local policing team and forthcoming neighbourhood meetings and events with information pulled from West Mercia Police.
Owned and operated by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), the site aims to support the government's transparency agenda and make the police service more accountable to local communities.
All crimes are expected to be shown on the web-site but grouped into six categories to protect people's privacy and ensure more sensitive crimes are not attributed to a particular area.
The crime categories are:
- Vehicle crime
- Other crime
- Anti-social behaviour.
Using a simple post code search, members of the public can access an overview of crime in their neighbourhood and then zoom into street level crime.