The Home Office’s crime maps website, which allows citizens to look at the volume and nature of crime and antisocial behaviour in their postcode area launched this morning, and almost immediately ground to a halt as the system struggled to cope with an avalanche of enquiries.
The website is intended to let citizens hold police authorities to account.
It also has the potential to have implications for home and car insurance, with individuals now able to put the data to their insurer to dispute a quote. However, spokesman for the Association of British Insurers, Malcolm Tarling claims that whether this will be taken up is another matter: “It’s something which could be used, but it’s up to each insurer whether how they would respond. But the companies already use a wealth of data to calculate crime rates for insurance.”