NEW street-level crime mapping launched this week has revealed the worst hit areas in the town.
The website, launched by the Home Office at midnight on Monday, allows members of the public to see reported crimes broken down to a street level for the first time.
On Tuesday the site crashed as it was swamped with an estimated 18 million hits an hour, or approximately 300,000 every minute.
The stats for Swindon, recorded for the month of December, reveal the town centre to be the worst affected by criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, including violence, drugs offences and shoplifting.
There were also some surprises with the region of Manor Park, in South Marston, accounting for 15 of the 19 incidents recorded in the whole village.
FEARS have been raised over inaccurate or misleading statistics on the new crime maps.
The Home Office have been blasted because of anomalies on quiet streets and the raw statistics are not put in context.
For instance Manor Park, a leafy cul-de-sac in South Marston, recorded 15 incidents last December placing it in the top 10 worst hit streets.
But resident Roy Chambers, 54, said: “It’s a surprise to me. My perception is that it is a quiet neighbourhood with a good neighbourhood watch.
“If I thought it was an area full of crime I would move.”
A Home Office spokesperson said: “The interests of victims has been at the heart of this work. We have taken great care to ensure that the identities of individuals are protected while giving people the information they need to challenge their police force and change their communities.
“This is why crimes are mapped to an anonymous point on, or near, the street where it happened, never to their precise location and not normally on streets with fewer than 12 postal addresses – in these cases crimes will be mapped to the next nearest location point.”
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