Police.uk celebrates its third anniversary this month (February). Since the site was launched with street level crime data three years ago, 60 million of you have visited the site.
Police.uk was launched in 2011 as part of the governments drive on transparency. Enabling the public, for the first time, to see crime levels in their area and to see what action the police and criminal justice agencies are doing to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. We now receive over 490,000 visits a month, with the majority of visitors (57%), viewing their crime map for an average of 3 minutes and 25 seconds.
Over the past three years, the site has been developed to provide even more detail. Crimes are now displayed to over 750,000 ‘snap points’ across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Allowing the user to see the general location of where a crime occurred while maintaining privacy for victims of crime. Other functions introduced to the site since launch include;
- Compare your area – enabling users to see how the performance of their police force or neighbourhood team compares with similar areas;
- Crime and justice outcomes – rather than just showing what crime has happened, we also show what action the police or courts took;
- The ability to create, bookmark and share your own personalised crime maps;
- A function enabling you to sign up to receive email notifications when the crime data for your area is updated; and,
- Details of individual officer / PCC twitter feeds, web chats and local e-messaging services
Our statistics now also include case length which will allow you to compare the performance of the police and courts in your area with the national average.
We’ve also generated international interest and have had visitors to the site from all over the world, with Australia, France, Canada and Japan interested in developing their own national crime maps website.