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Crime briefing, 19-26 March

Here’s the crime briefing for burglary and street crime reported in Wandsworth between 19 and 26 March, 2009.

If you have any information on any of these crimes you can get in touch with the local police on 020 7350 1122 or via Crimestoppers (anonymously, if you wish) on 0800 555 111.

I very rarely make any commentary on these maps, but wanted to relay one ‘anecdote’ from a Chief Superintendent I met elsewhere in the country. We had been discussing the impact of recession on crime and he stated that he fully expected crime would rise as a result, and while the rise hadn’t started, he had noticed that there had been a distinct change in crime. There had been a shift away from goods that could be stolen for resale, towards theft of cash and necessities (he cited one where a case of nappies had been stolen)!

Essentially, even criminals are being hit by the recession – there are fewer buyers for their goods!

The map is hosted by Google, and occasionally will not load, or will not load the flags, especially if you are on a slow connection. If it does not display correctly, try refreshing the page or following the link directly under the map. As usual there are some health warnings following the map.

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  1. Yellow flags represent burglaries and red flags represent street crime reported between 19 and 26 March, 2009.
  2. The briefing only contains details of burglaries and robberies. Other crimes are not included.
  3. You can see more detail by following the link to the Google website.
  4. The flags are not placed precisely (it would be irresponsible to advertise victims of burglary) but instead are spaced roughly equally on the roads they took place. The idea is to give a visual representation of the spread and range of crime in Wandsworth, rather than pinpointing crime locations.
  5. While I try to ensure the data is accurate it is reliant on the information I receive, and I’m only human, so it may be mistakes have crept in. Please let me know if you think you’ve spotted one.

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  1. I’m sure you’ve seen this but the CDRPs in Shropshire have a full crime mapping package

    http://caddie.shropshire.gov.uk

    I think it’s worth pointing out that this was set up at divisional, not force level (West Mercia Constabulary covers Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Herefordshire and Worcestershire). It includes ASB and fire crime data.

    So it could be done by a single Borough in London…

    • There are a few similar examples around the country. My favourite (and the one I frankly ripped off for my maps) is http://www.safelinks.info

      I’ve asked the council’s community safety division to look into what we can provide. If I’m honest, my preference is for location based mapping, but it’s great that so many places are trying to get this information into the public domain in a usable format.