Boston caught in web(site) of crime

CRIME in Boston was higher than any other Lincolnshire town in December last year - according to the new online police crime map.

The map, on the police.uk website, pinpoints street-level crimes grouped by type – violent crime, burglary, robbery, vehicle crime, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and ‘other crime’ which includes criminal damage, shoplifting and drugs offences.

Boston had 442 recorded crimes for December, against 293 for Grantham, 209 for Skegness, 186 for Spalding, 130 for Louth and 128 for Sleaford. The city of Lincoln had 608.

The Boston area village with the most recorded incidents for December was Kirton with 33, but there were seven villages in the borough with none.

However, only the recorded police crimes are listed on the map which obviously does not include unreported crimes. The stats are also not entirely accurate to all villages, due to some areas overlapping, but they are ‘accurate’ down to street-level, viewed by zooming in on the map.

What it does not reveal is particular addresses, to protect the privacy of individuals.

Speaking to The Standard, Boston’s Insp Phil Clark said: “I welcome the crime map, through which the public can obtain a true picture of their neighbourhood.

“Boston is a large, densely-populated town in an area of recognised social deprivation so it’s expected crime figures for the borough will be higher than the county’s smaller market towns.

“However, when viewed from a national perspective, crime in the town is actually quite low and down by 15 per cent overall compared with a year ago.”

Praising the local police teams, he added: “The fear of crime can often affect residents as greatly as crime itself, but I am proud Boston remains a safe place to live and work”.

The website, costing £300,000, crashed on its first day of going live as four million people logged on to see statistics for their area.

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Boston areas and reported crimes for December, in descending order:

Boston – 442 (21 burglaries, 167 ASB, 72 violent crimes, five robberies, one vehicle crime and 176 other crimes)

Kirton - 33 (two burglaries, 11 ASB, five violent crimes and 15 other crimes)

Coningsby – 15 (seven ASB and eight other crimes)

Wyberton – 11 (six ASB, one violent crime and four other crimes)

Algarkirk - 10 (five ASB, one violent crime and four other crimes)

Swineshead – nine (two burglaries, three ASB and four other crimes)

Donington - eight (three ASB, one burglary, four other crimes)

Friskney – six (one burglary, one ASB and four other crimes)

Stickney – six (one burglary, one violent crime and four other crimes)

Freiston – five (two ASB, three other crimes)

Butterwick – five (one ASB, two violent crimes and two other crimes)

New Leake – five (two ASB and three other crimes)

Fishtoft – five (one burglary, two ASB and two other crimes)

Sutterton - five (burglary, ASB and three other crimes)

Old Leake – four (one burglary, one ASB and two violent crimes)

Benington – four (one burglary, one ASB and two other crimes)

Fosdyke - four (three ASB and one other crime).

Bicker – three (all ASB)

Sibsey – two (ASB and other crime)

Wigtoft – two (ASB and other crime)

Brothertoft – two (other crimes)

Gipsey Bridge – two (burglary and other crime)

Leverton – two (other crimes)

Wrangle – two (ASB and one other crime)

Stickford – two (ASB and one other crime)

Gosberton Clough and Risegate - two (burglary and other crime)

Amber Hill – one (violent crime)

Quadring - one (other crime)

Mareham le Fen – one (ASB)

Carrington – one (violent crime)

Frithville – one (ASB)

The villages which suffered no crimes in December, according to the police map, are Frampton, Gosberton, Langrick, Hubberts Bridge, New Bolingbroke, East Kirkby and New York.