Police crime website crashes on launch day

A new government website detailing crime statistics on a street-by-street basis crashed yesterday (1 February) shortly after being lauched.

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A new government website detailing crime statistics on a street-by-street basis crashed yesterday (1 February) shortly after being lauched.

The large volume of visitors eager to find out out whether their street was a major crime hotspot was said to have caused the problem.

The site was launched following the appearance of the CrimeMapper site developed for all 43 English and Welsh police forces in October 2009. The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) was asked us to take this initiative further.

The previous site only published crime data across entire council wards. The new site shows total crime and a breakdown of violent attacks, burglary, robbery, car crime and anti-social behaviour "on or near" individual streets.

However, as an estimated 75,000 people attempted to log-on to the site every minute, the system slowed down and then finally ground to a halt.
The Home Office website, allows citizens to type in their postcode to see the full extent of crime on their street.

By mid morning today an estimated four million people had attempted to access the site. But after entering their postcodes many were only shown a blank screen after a long delay.

A spokesman for site developer Rock Kitchen Harris of Leicester, said the problem was "being resolved". He said the site had attracted "a lot interest, more than we expected due to the high media coverage".

As of late yesterday afternoon the site still wasn't accessible to visitors.It is now online (Wednesday morning).

In 2009, the government's national pandemic flu website, hosted by BT, crashed within four minutes of going live. The problem came in spite of prior assertions by the government that the site would be thoroughly tested, and that any glitches would be viewed as “outrageous”.

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