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Crime hotspots charted

PUBLISHED: 14:53 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 09:35 12 August 2010

A CRIME map of the capital has been launched on the internet by the Metropolitan Police Service. Burglaries, robberies and vehicle thefts are charted ward by ward on the map launched last Wednesday and each is graded by colour between high and low crime

A CRIME map of the capital has been launched on the internet by the Metropolitan Police Service.

Burglaries, robberies and vehicle thefts are charted ward by ward on the map launched last Wednesday and each is graded by colour between high and low crime.

The project is in its infancy and is expected to be expanded to show violent and sexual crimes, anti-social behaviour and the number of calls made to police.

By borough, Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich are all classed as having an "average" rate of burglaries and robberies, while Westminster has the highest rate in London.

No borough in London is classed as having "low" crime.

Rosemary White, chairman of the residents' association on the Larner Road estate, in Colliers Wood, said the map could reassure residents that their area is relatively safe.

She added: "I imagine the map would be a good thing, assuming you have the internet, but only as long as the areas are not lumped together."

At the moment users can only view crime statistics of their sub-ward area of around 633 houses, or of their borough.

High crime sub-wards are shown to be clustered in Greenwich Peninsula and dotted around Woolwich, Thamesmead and Belvedere.

However, areas of "high" crime appear adjacent to "lower than average" areas.

Chris Jarratt, Greenwich borough commander, said: "The reality with Greenwich Peninsula is we have a growing population and in addition we have the O2, which lends itself to an increase of offences.

"Crime mapping is something we should be doing more and more. An informed public can have better rapport with police."

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who promised the map before his election, hopes it will allow residents to scrutinise their police force.

He said: "Crime mapping puts information into the hands of every London citizen about the levels of crimes as well as contact details of police officers."

To view the crime map, visit http://maps.met.police.uk/.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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