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Crime map 'could reduce worries'

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People can now compare crime rates in every town and village in England and Wales following the launch of a new interactive map.

The Home Office hopes it will boost public confidence in the police service by giving people more information about crime.

The map gives the public immediate access to figures on all crimes and specifically burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime and anti social behaviour.

Policing and Crime Minister David Hanson explained the initiative to Bethan James.

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