Click on the image above to go straight to the I:on Bucks website. Related link: Community safety mapping for Milton Keynes
The I:on Bucks website, which was launched in June 2009, allows anyone with access to the internet the ability to view figures and maps of crime in Buckinghamshire.
The website, at www.ionbucks.info, displays the levels of some of the key crime types that are dealt with by the Buckinghamshire Community Safety Partnership. It provides interactive maps showing the crime hotspots at district level and crime information down to neighbourhood level. The site uses the same neighbourhood policing areas as Thames Valley Police for consistency across the partnership. This also makes it easier for residents to get to know their neighbourhoods.
Hotspot maps are a lot like weather maps as they use the information around an area to show where the temperature (or crime figure in this instance) is higher, when compared to other areas. Research has found that people prefer to see mapped information in this way.
The multi-agency team behind the website is based at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s headquarters in Aylesbury. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Bryan Dugdale said: “This initiative will help everyone share our information resources and make even better use of them. We are pleased to be hosting the analytical team, which consists of people from around the partnership working together in the truest sense.”
Bill Chapple, Deputy Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, said: “The launch of I:on Bucks is a tribute to the benefits of working with our partners. This website will become a critical tool for making the neighbourhoods of Buckinghamshire an even safer place to live, work and visit.”
I:on Bucks has been developed by the Buckinghamshire Community Safety Partnership, which includes Buckinghamshire County Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Chiltern District Council, South Bucks District Council, Wycombe District Council, Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Buckinghamshire PCT and Thames Valley Probation Service.