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article imageReview: New anti-crime website launched in Bromley

By Alexander Baron     Mar 3, 2012 in Crime
A new, dedicated anti-street violence website has been set up in the London Borough of Bromley. Maybe it could start a trend, nationally or internationally?
Bromley is not the crime capital of Britain or even of London, in spite of the odd hit and run driver, and the rioters and cable thieves in and about its environs, so why launch a website dedicated to street crime in the borough? That is the impression the casual read may have after giving the article Website to warn of crimes in the local freesheet, News Shopper, the once over, but StreetViolence.Org is actually devoted to crime in the capital.
This is far from a new initiative, of course, all local police forces have a presence on-line, and there are others like neighbourhood watch and property marking schemes.
The charity behind StreetViolence.Org was actually set up in 2009, and the briefing for the new website was held February 21 this year. It is specifically for victims and witnesses. At the briefing, it was stated that there are something like a million street crimes in Britain every year, with half of them happening in London. Those figures are both shocking and scandalous in equal measure; no source was given for them, but who will claim they are not correct?
Currently, there is not much on the interactive website, but it is hoped it will be extended in due course to cover the whole country.
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