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New Online Crime Maps for England & Wales

今月1日に、30万ポンドをかけて作られた、イングランドとウェールズ地域をカバーするオンライン犯罪発生マップがスタートした。通りの名前または郵便番号をインプットすると、過去一月のその地域で報告された犯罪内容と発生数をチェックすることができる。犯罪は、侵入盗(burglary)/強盗(robbery)/乗り物盗(vehicle crime)/暴力犯罪(violence)/性犯罪(sex crimes)、窃盗(theft)、万引き(shoplifting)を含む、その他の犯罪と反社会的行動(anti-social behaviour)の6種類に分類されている。

ウェブサイト開始初日には、毎分7万5千件、1時間に1800万件のヒットを記録し、内務省(Home Office)のこのサイトは一時パンク状態だったという(Daily Mail記事)。人々の反応は賛否両論。持ち家所有者や不動産開発業者などは、犯罪情報により一部地域の地価が下がるのではないかと心配している。

New online crime maps for England and Wales, which cost £300,000 to develop, have been launched on February 1st this year.  By entering a street name or postcode, users can see which offences have been reported in their local streets within the past month. Information on crime is broken down into in six categories; burglary, robbery, vehicle crime, violence, other crime (including sex crimes, theft and shoplifting) and anti-social behaviour.

On the first day, the website had received 75,000 hits/min, and the Home Office was forced to call a halt just hours after its launch when it crashed repeatedly under the strain of 18million hits an hour (Daily Mail article). The website got both positive and negative reaction. House owners and developers worry that the information could increase fear and slash house prices in some areas.


I tried myself as well: when I put my post code, black dots with crime numbers, indicating streets where the crimes happened, appeared on a map.


You can see what kinds of crimes occurred and itemized numbers when click those black dots.

Metropolitan Police(首都警察)のロンドン犯罪マップ。中心の繁華街以外の犯罪発生率は平均並み。地図をズームインすると、各地域の詳細が分かる。

Crime mapping of London by Metropolitan Police. In general, London’s crime rate is around average, except some parts of central London. When you zoom in the map, you can see the details in each area of the city.

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CABWISE advertising campaign: Know what you’re getting into

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ロンドンのタクシーには、Black Cab(ブラック・キャブ、正式名称Hackney carriagesハックニー・キャリッジ)以外に、Minicab(ミニ・キャブ)と呼ばれる、プライベート・ハイヤー業者(ライセンス要)がある。「流し運行」が許可されているブラック・キャブに対し、ミニキャブ利用の際は、法律で事前予約が必要。それでも週末のナイトクラブやバー等の外には、認可を受けていない、または認可を受けていても予約なしに路上で客を拾う、違法ミニキャブがたむろしており、それらの運転手による女性客へのレイプが問題となっている。ロンドン交通局や警察の広告キャンペーンの効果もあって、2003年には5人に1人が違法ミニキャブを利用していたのに対し、今では20人に1人弱までに減少。性的暴行も07-08年度の120件からは減少しているものの、2008-9年の被害は93件に上っており、月平均8人もの女性が被害にあっているという。


Now in mid-December and in the height of party season, I often see this CABWISE advertising campaign on TV, newspapers or at the bus stops. It is so real and terrifying as a woman myself, and I would think the campaign is successful to alert women about the problem of illegal minicabs

There are 2 types of taxicabs in London: Hackney carriages (Black cabs) and Private hire (Minicabs). Black cabs can be flagged-down in the street or hired from a taxi rank. Minicabs must have a license issued by the Public Carriage Office, and cannot be hailed in the street and must be pre-booked. Though it is illegal, there are some illegal minicabs, with no pre-booking and with or without license, waiting for the possible customers outside nightclubs and bars, especially on weekends, and the sexual attacks on female customers by these illegal minicab drivers is a serious concern in London. Thanks to a series of advertising campaigns these years, the number of women using illegal cabs has fallen from 1 in 5 in 2003 to fewer than 1 in 20. However, the Met still recorded 93 minicab-related sexual offences in 2008-9, although that was down from 120 the previous year – which means that still average of 8 women a month become a victim of such crimes.

This year again, a new cinema, TV and poster campaign has been launched, under the name of Mayor of London together with Metropolitan Police, City of London Police, and Transport for London, urging women to use official minicabs or black cabs during the Christmas party season. The campaign also encourage people to use CABWISE, launched in 2006: text CAB to 60835 to get the numbers of one taxi and two licensed minicab firms, in the area you are texting from using GPS. Now more and more Londoners get to know about CABWISE and use the system, thanks to the campaigns. Police will also target touting hotspots and illegal minicab drivers, but please be careful everyone!

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The Policing Pledge: The Home Office’s new campaign

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最近テレビでよく見る、Home Office(イギリス内務省)が先日21日に新しく始めた「The Policing Pledge(警察活動の誓約)」の広告。190万ポンドをかけたこの全国的な広告キャンペーンは、11月、12月の間、イングランドとウェールズの警察が地域住民への義務を謳ったもので、テレビ、ラジオ、雑誌、インターネットで展開、また600万戸の家庭にパンフレットが配られる。

このPolicing Pledgeは、警官は80%の時間を地域のために使い、緊急ではない問題を届け出た住人には48時間以内に会うこと等を約束している。また、12月には、「Name and Shame(名前を公表して恥をさらす)plan」を地元警察と地方自治体に通達、有罪判決を受けた犯罪者をウェブサイトで公表する計画だ。

これは昨年度の統計で、盗みや窃盗などの軽犯罪から性犯罪、強盗、詐欺、暴力犯罪、薬物犯罪の重犯罪まで、全犯罪520万件のうち約3分の1に当たる170万件もの犯罪が、「screening out(ふるい分け)」されて取り調べてられていなかったとして、警察が批判を浴びたことが背景にある。最悪なのはロンドンの首都警察で、通報された犯罪のうち、たった48%しか捜査に至っていない。平均で75%の盗み、70%の器物損壊、55%の窃盗、44%の詐欺や偽造、20%の強盗、15%の暴力犯罪、2%の性犯罪、1%以下の薬物犯罪が「ふるいわけ」されたと言う。私たちもMの自転車を盗まれたり、バイクのナンバープレートを偽造されたりしたことがあるけれど、こんな些細なこと、警察は何もしてくれていないんだろうな。でもこの「ふるい分けシステム」が続けば、犯罪者のやり得、逆に犯罪率が高くなるか心配だ。この「約束」がちゃんと実行されて、地域住民が安心して生活できるよう頑張ってもらいたい。

ちなみにこの広告キャンペーンに使われているデザインは、第二次世界大戦初期の1939年に政府によって作られたポスター(実際には使われなかったが)、「Keep Calm and Carry On(平常心を保って、頑張れ)」を元にしている。このポスターが2000年に「再発見」されてから、多くの企業が使用、このデザインを使ったTシャツやマグカップ、バッグ、ポスター、tea towel(布巾)等さまざまなグッズが作られている。私もこのシンプルだけれど、インパクトのあるデザインが好きで、ポスターを2枚持っている。Mはしばしばパニクってしまうことがあるので、その際はポスターを指差し、冷静になるように自制を促すのにも役立っている。

Recently I have seen few times the TV advertisement of “The Policing Pledge“, a £1.9m national advertising campaign explaining what should be expected of police in England and Wales. Launched on November 21, the Home Office‘s campaign involves adverts on television, radio, magazines and internet throughout November and December, as well as leaflets distributed to 6 million homes.

According to the Policing Pledge, neighbourhood officers should spend 80% of their time on duty in the community and members of the public reporting a non-emergency problems will be seen within 48 hours. In December, the Home Office also introduce “Name and Shame” plan, which encourage police forces and councils to use websites to name key local convicted criminals.

What urges the Home Office to put up the Policing Pledge is the criticism against the police that failed to investigate around 1.7 million out of 5.2 million reported crimes last year, including sex attacks, robberies, fraud, violent crimes and drug offences, as well as large numbers of burglaries and thefts – around one-third of all offences were dismissed as unsolvable within hours by “screening out”. The highest rate of screening out was by the Metropolitan Police, with only 48% of reported offences dealt with in 2008/9. In parts of the country, an average of around 75% of theft are screened out, as well as around 70% for criminal damage, 55% for burglary, 44% for fraud and forgery, 20% for robbery, 15% for violent offences, 2% for sexual attacks, and less than 1% for drug offences. We experienced petit crimes like M’s bicycle stolen or his Vespa’s number plate cloned, but I guess that nothing have been done for it. But criminals are the sole winner with this “screening out” system, and this could endanger the security of the community and possibly encourage more crimes to happen. Hope this campaign will work to regain the public’s confidence and trust in police force, and contribute to reduce the crime rate.

The design used for the Policing Pledge is originally from “Keep Calm and Carry On“, the World War II motivational poster produced by the government in 1939 but never used. It was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of companies, and used in a range of products such as T-shirts, mugs, bags, posters, tea towels and so on. I like this simple but strong design, and we have two posters ourselves. M gets panic easily and when that happens, it is useful for me to remind him what he should do, by just pointing out the poster!

The Policing Pledge Posters photographed in the summer 2009

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The Met Police is in Trouble

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Another police scandal, after yesterday’s Hillsborough Disaster 20th anniversary. The Met (Metropolitan Police Service / Scotland Yard),  the police force responsible for law enforcement within Greater London, have been under attacked with violent behaviours by officers at the G20 protests. Today hundreds of protesters gathered to Scotland Yard against the Met.  145 complaints have been made so far against the police conducts at the demonstration against G20 summit, including 70 claims of excessive force by victims or witnesses to brutality and 40 concerns about police tactics such as the corralling technique called “kettling“. 2 video footage revealed police assaults on Ian Tomlinson, who died with ‘heart attack’ (now it is said that internal bleeding is the cause of his death, after autopsy) just after being shoved by a police officer, and on Nicky Fisher, being hit in the face and on her leg with another officer’s baton. These two officers are also accused of removing their police identification numbers at the time, and are later suspended as a result of the incidents. The “kettling” tactic sounds horrible, that many protesters and even innocent bystanders were locked up in small area for many hours (up to 7 hours!!), without toilet facility (that is my worst nightmare!), water or food supply. I understand that police officers were in huge stress (unfortunately protesters are not the most well-behaved people…) and they were just doing what they were told to do, and for sure most officers are cordial and do the right thing, but to go too far will put you in trouble at the end, as nowadays cameras are all over you!!

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