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Make your own personalised crime map
12:11pm Monday 4th February 2013 in News
A new online device which allows people to check on the safety of their estate, village, or route to work has been welcomed by Wirral West MP Esther McVey.
Users can make their own personalised crime maps on the Government website Police.uk.
The new ‘Draw Your Own Area’ function celebrates the two-year anniversary of the successful website.
Since its launch, the service has received 548m hits with an average of over 365,000 per day in the last month alone.
‘Draw Your Own Area’ means visitors will for the first time be able to plot on a map the precise area for which they want information on crime, anti-social behaviour and outcomes, rather than relying on a standard one-mile radius from a given postcode.
Ms McVey said, “Police.uk is a great resource. It has proved very popular with users locally and across the country with hundreds of millions of hits since its launch.
"These new features mean local people in Wirral West and the wider community will have even more information at their fingertips about crime in our area.
"It means we can all hold the police and our Police and Crime Commissioner to account to ensure we keep driving crime down.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has won the backing of the police and crime panel after it voted unanimously to support her proposal to increase the council tax precept by 2% in 2013/14.
Ms Kennedy said: “I would like to thank the panel for their support.
“This decision will enable me to set a balanced budget, maintain police officer numbers and protect frontline police services.
“I will now look to move the budget process forward as soon as possible.”