You may have read that the Home Office has launched a crime mapping website. It allows you to enter the name of a Town, City or postcode, to obtain a summary of crime statistics.
So I experimented with it and found out that according to police statistics, crime in Nottingham has fallen by 11.8% when compared to this time last year.
Anyone who reads police blogs such as http://coppersblog.blogspot.com/ has read about the many ways the police force fiddle the crime statistics. So I tend to look at any crime statistics with a pinch of salt.
But I am interested in how some of the statistics thrown up by this site seem to make little sense.
For example, if you insert the postcode NG7, an inner city area of Nottingham, it tells you that robbery is up by 14.2%. However as you can see from the table reperoduced below, this analysis does not tie up with the figures displayed.
There are other examples of crime analysis on this website that make no sense at all.
Follow the link below to use the crime mapping tool yourself.