Crime-mapping website has ‘boosted transparency’ in Worthing

AS the crime-mapping website nears its first birthday, the Chief Inspector of Worthing and Adur police said it has boosted the “transparency” of crimes.

The police crime mapping system, police.co.uk, which allows people around the country to see a breakdown of crime in any road, was launched last December.

The website has now been updated to include more categories of crime and allow people to compare their police force’s performance with others from around the country.

New categories people can now track include public disorder and possession of weapons, shoplifting, criminal damage and arson, theft and drugs.

The chief inspector for Worthing and Adur police, Ian Pollard, said the crime-mapping website had made crimes more transparent to the public.

He said: “We understand where our crimes are tackling place, but this is more for the public.

“What it provides is more transparency for people to see what kinds of crimes are committed and where they occur.

“It puts things into context. It’s not serious crime in all cases at all.”

The most recent figures, for September, reveal anti-social behaviour is still one of Worthing’s biggest issues.

During that month, 558 incidents of crime or anti-social behaviour were reported in central Worthing.

Of that figure, 261 incidents were for anti-social behaviour, with other thefts the most reported crime with 72.

There were 52 reported incidents of criminal damage and arson, 51 cases of violent crime and 34 incidents of shoplifting.

Based on the figures, the two most crime-affected roads in central Worthing in September, with the joint highest number of 17 incidents, were Marine Parade and Chandos Road.

In Chandos Road, 10 incidents were for shoplifting, while in Marine Parade 13 of the 17 incidents were anti-social behaviour.

In response to the high number of anti-social incidents reported, Ch Insp Pollard said the figure was high because Worthing police was being proactive in reporting anti-social behaviour and dealing with it effectively.

He said these figures, contrasted with lower numbers of serious crime, such as robbery (two) and burglary (25), showed Worthing is not a dangerous place to live.

He added: “I know where our crimes are, but the public can now easily find out as well.”