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1 February 2011, 13:49 | Updated: 16 February 2011, 11:26
People right across the Dorset Police area will now be able to see what crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) is happening in their local area.
It's all thanks to new information published today via www.police.uk.
By typing in a postcode, people can immediately see what crime and ASB has happened in their locality and are given ways to contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team. There are also links to what their team is doing to make their area safer.
Chief Constable Martin Baker said:
“Dorset Police has today joined up with all other police forces in England and Wales to launch a new website that will help communities across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset to gain a better understanding of crime and ASB in their local area.
“While crime across our Force area is at a 12-year low, we hope that by making this additional information available, we can encourage individuals and communities to take further action to prevent crime.
“We also want to raise awareness of what we are doing locally with our partners to cut crime and disorder and we particularly want people to get involved in working with, or supporting their local Safer Neighbourhood Teams to tackle crime and ASB.
“As well as allowing people to find out information about crime in their local area, it should also help people to hold their local Safer Neighbourhood Team and our partners to account for the action jointly we are taking to deal with issues that matter locally.
“We are always striving to improve our effectiveness and we want the public to tell us how well our team and their partners are doing in tackling crime and other policing issues in their area."
In addition to information about crime and anti-social behaviour, the interactive maps give the public access to details about their Safer Neighbourhood Team, public or street corner meetings and their recent activity and action.
The online map will allow residents to view figures for all crime as well as burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime, other crime and anti-social behaviour in their area at the touch of a button. Safeguards are in place to protect the identity of individuals and victims of crime.
Contact details and feedback channels for local Safer Neighbourhood Teams, local policing priorities, crime prevention advice and information about forthcoming local events such as meetings will also be accessible from the site and on the Dorset Police website at www.dorset.police.uk.