Crime mapped out
Police have launched a website with crime maps of London which shows area by area how many burglaries, muggings and vehicle crimes have been committed.
The Metropolitan Police believe revealing the true scale of these three offences month by month will reassure people that crime levels are low.
Residents can enter their postcodes for more detailed information and discover where their local crime hotspots are.
The maps show that the crime rate for Kingston is below the average for the capital with 139 crimes in July, the last available month.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “Crime mapping was one of my major manifesto commitments and an important part of our strategy to tackle the number one issue for Londoners, crime and safety.
"This new online service means that Londoners will, at long last, be able to get information about crime levels in their neighbourhood at the click of a button.
"Crime mapping puts information into the hands of every London citizen about the levels of crimes as well as contact details of their local police officers.
"This is a major step forward in enabling Londoners to really able to assess the work of their local police in tackling the crimes that affect their neighbourhood.”
Deputy Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said: “There has been a growing and understandable appetite for people to know more about what crime is happening in their local areas.
"We've deliberately made these new crime maps as easily accessible and user friendly as possible with the aim of increasing communication and trust between the public and the police.
"We've worked hard to get this right in a fairly tight timeframe and we are pleased that the Information Commissioner has in fact commended the design and delivery of the maps. Despite the timescale, effective public consultation is really important to the Met and this has been ongoing since August.
"Indeed, we have found that in some cases Londoners’ perception of crime is higher than the reality and the crime maps may help to reassure communities about the general safety of their local area."
The site also contains the name and contact details of neighbourhood police officers allowing members of the public to contact them with crime concerns.
The Met said it planned to add other categories of crime in the future, which would make it more detailed like Surrey which already publishes a list of crimes for each borough.
Deputy mayor Kit Malthouse said: ”Boris promised crime maps for London during the election, and today we are delivering on that pledge.
“This new website will increase the visibility of what the police and local councils are actually doing to fight crime on the doorstep.
“For the first time Londoners won't have to guess if crime in their area is a problem.
“They will be able to see for themselves where the issues are, and what crime-fighting measures are working.
"The public deserve the truth on crime, and with this fantastic new tool, we hope they can join with us in driving ever better performance from their local police force and council."
• To see where your local crime hotspots are click here