Oct 15 2012
People living in Hillingdon will be able to compare local crime levels with other areas from Monday.
The Home Office is expanding its crime mapping website www.police.uk to allow people to compare crime levels for a certain borough or district.
The Compare Your Area tool is being launched a month before the voters elect the first police and crime commissioners.
The website, the Government's most popular online site in 2011, will also allow people to see how recorded crime rates have changed over the past three years, the Home Office said.
Policing minister Damian Green said: "The elections of police and crime commissioners will give the public a voice over how their neighbourhoods are policed and tools like Compare Your Area will ensure they have detailed information at their fingertips. The millions who have visited the website show the public's thirst for greater transparency across the whole criminal justice system.
"We want to build on trailblazing work in this area by publishing mug shots of convicted criminals on the site so that residents can see what steps were taken to crack down on criminals in their neighbourhoods."
The website will soon allow people to look at crime levels in smaller areas including villages and estates, and compare them with others and begin to feature mugshots of convicted criminals from the end of this month, the Home Office said.