Crime figures mapped out

A CRIME map can now pinpoint what has happened and where in Harrogate, from robberies to thefts and vehicle damage.

Detailed maps, published this week by the Home Office, show that there were 385 reports of crime and anti-social behaviour in the month of December.

This is broken down to street level, meaning that for the first time residents can compare crime rates with a postcode search.

“Residents will be better informed about the reported crime levels in the district,” said Supt Ken McIntosh, Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Commander. “Hopefully, this will also reassure people that we live in a very safe place and offer the opportunity for them to hold their local policing team to account for their performance.”

The site, which also has links to neighbourhood policing teams, proved so popular that it crashed at its launch, with as many as five million hits per hour.

The maps show that there were 11 burglaries and two robberies in Harrogate in December, as well as 17 vehicle crimes and 48 violent crimes. The highest figures were for anti-social behaviour with 176 reports. Criminal damage, shoplifting and drug offences are all classified as ‘other’ crimes, of which there were 131.

Supt McIntosh said the main issues in Harrogate are violent crime and thefts from cars and stores.

He said that Harrogate police are working with a number of partners to tackle this: “I’m pleased to say that, whilst still an issue, we are having success.”

Crime hotspots for Harrogate seem to be focused around Skipton Road, Mayfield Terrace and much of the town centre.

Supt McIntosh has warned, however, that the maps only cover one month and are not indicative of the district as a whole: “Crime is seasonal in nature, and some ‘spikes’ in specific crime can be linked to the release of certain prolific criminals from prison.”

Starbeck had a high number of reports of anti-social behaviour (65), Killinghall had 10 incidents reported overall, while Pannal only had two.

To view the crime maps, visit www.police.uk.