in Community Safety, Wandsworth

Wandsworth Crime Briefing 7-20 January 2009

If you have followed my crime mapping posts you will know there have been a series of problems in the transmission of data between the police and the council.  These are now resolved and this is a catch-up map.  It covers two weeks of data, but is for street crime only (although for the burglaries that took place we do not have the location data for these two weeks).  It will return for the next map.

I have been producing these maps for some time, and have some ideas for how they should develop. However, I know they are a popular feature on the site and I would be interested in hearing your thoughts. If you have any comments or ideas, please drop me a line at cllr@jamescousins.com.

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 16 and 30 December, 2008.
  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. Interestingly (as a Southfields resident) the area around Southfields seems pretty clear. It may be worth examining areas like this to see why there are lower levels of crime and see if there are any patterns. It may be that some useful information as to how crime can be reduced in other areas will emerge.

  2. A good point, and one I’m glad that has been made.

    I don’t just want this to be about crime, but also about the successes we have in fighting crime. You would expect a bit of a cluster around transport hubs (like an Underground station) and it would be interesting to find out (a) if this trend lasts and (b) why it does seem to have lower crime in case there’s anything that can be replicated elsewhere.

  3. Have you heard of an American service called CrimeReports.com? It functions similarly to what you have here, but on a much larger scale and cover more crimes. Currently, it’s only available in the US (and even then, not in all cities), but from what I know some British officials are interested in implementing the technology in England as well. Check it out, I’d love to hear your feedback.

  4. James, My company has been mapping published crime in London for the last eight months. If you have available data, we’ll map and implement it for free.

    SpotCrime.com is currently the largest accessible crime mapping database in the world.