Concerns About Planned British Crime Maps

Concerns are being expressed that the British Home Office’s recently announced plan to provide online crime maps for every neighbourhood in England and Wales would have a detrimental impact on housing prices and school enrolment in neighbourhoods with high crime rates; see articles in the Times and the Daily Mail for details.

It’s interesting to compare the reaction: there have been crime maps in the U.S., and I can’t recall a discussion of the downside of having this information available; rather, I suspect that people would prefer having this information available before they move.

The plan is based on a West Midlands pilot project.

Via All Points Blog and Infonaut.