RESIDENTS living in Thorne and the surrounding area are now able to see what crime is happening in their streets.
By typing in a postcode internet users can see what has happened in their area and how to contact their neighbourhood officers.
The online map allows residents to view figures for crimes including burglary, robbery, violence and vehicle offences.
Andy Holt, South Yorkshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, said: “South Yorkshire has joined-up with all other police forces in England and Wales to launch a new tool that will help communities to better understand what’s happening on their streets.
“By making this information available, we aim to raise awareness of what we’re doing to tackle crime and disorder and how local people can support their local police.”
The site reveals that there were 159 incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour in Thorne in December 2010.
Eighty of these incidents were classed as anti-social behaviour.
In King Street in Thorne there were 12 incidents in December, including burglary, anti-social behavior and vehicle crime.
In Hatfield there were 87 incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour and in Mooorends there were 81 incidents.
In Stainforth there were 99 incidents.
In addition to information about crime and ant-social behaviour, the interactive national map gives the public access to details about their safer neighbourhood team (SNT), SNT meetings and their recent activity and action.
The new site, which aims to make policing more democratically accountable to the public, was developed on behalf of the Home Office and involved close collaboration between all 43 police forces in England and Wales.
Contact details and feedback channels for SNTs, local policing priorities, crime prevention advice and information about forthcoming local events will also be published on the site.
Research published by the National Policing Improvement Agency shows people trust local police information, especially the combination of crime maps and local crime information, a police spokesman said.
The website challenges the myth that sharing such information with the public increases fear of crime, police said.
Visit www.police.uk to find out more information about your area.