New website helps identify Hackney street crime

A new website launched by the police allows users to pin-point crime in their area

Hackney residents will be able to identify crime hot spots in the borough thanks to an interactive crime map launched today.

Typing a post code in to the website will produce a street by street breakdown of different types of reported crime in the area.

Designers hope the map will improve safety by raising awareness of offences, but the site currently only shows figures for December 2010.

Notable in Hackney are the 10 violent crimes recorded in Churchill Walk, the 22 reports of anti-social behaviour around the Leabridge Roundabout and the 17 other offences, including sexual offences, which occurred in Mare Street.

Fassett Road, a small street adjacent to Fassett Square, which was the inspiration for Eastenders’ Albert Square, also suffered three robberies in December.

Many people have been unable to access the site it received millions of hits in the first few hours.

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Users also report that some post codes and areas are not recognised and there are some anomalies in the figures.

According to the site, Stoke Newington had no reported crimes in December last year.