Headlines: November 16th, 2004

A computer-aided mapping project aimed at measuring ‘crime and grime’ levels has been launched by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police. The mapping and neighbourhood management system monitors graffiti, fly-tipping and other environmental crimes and anti-social behaviour. Because the system monitors problems not just at police district level but down to wards and even street level, it helps neighbourhood managers to pin-point problem areas, target resources and tackle problems before they escalate.By providing up to date evidence of what is happening across the city the police and local authority together, backed by the local community can develop and constantly update their strategy to meet the crime and grime challenge.

The project is part of Birmingham’s Public Space Index programme that is being supported by a range of other partners, including the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership, ENCAMS, Birmingham Environmental Partnership and Crime Concern. ENCAMS, the environmental charity, was formerly known as the Tidy Britain Group.

The programme is also closely linked to Operation Cleansweep, a multi-agency operation to help prevent crime and environmental degradation.