The controversial UK police crime map. Police.uk, has received 400 million hits since its launch, costing the taxpayer £300,000.
Home Office Minister James Brokenshire replied to a question which indicated the high level of traffic being received on the site during its relatively short lifespan.
“Since its launch, Police.uk has received almost 400 million hits demonstrating the significant public appetite for this information,” said Brokenshire in response to a series of questions from Conservative MP Richard Graham.
Of course it should be noted that the site saw 200 million of these hits in the first week of operation, pointed to the URL by the Sun et al, with the deluge of attention meaning that many were forced to wait to find out quite how terrifying it is outside their front door.
The site has been rather divisive since its launch, with the immense popularity tempered with a feeling that this may be a case of too much information, leading to areas being tarnished, as well as fears being expressed over house prices dropping and concerns over the way only certain crimes are reported.
Interestingly it has also been announced that hoax calls to the emergency services will now be recorded on the map. Precisely why the public needs to be made aware of this is unclear, though it is clear that it will clutter up the map with more frightening statistics.
Brokenshire stated that the site, which cost “approximately £300,000” having ensured that “development costs have been minimised”, drew on research from over 7,000 people, and called for further views from the public to be given.
The Home Office told TechEye however that there will not be any information published at this point with regards to the public responses to the scheme, though it is expected that such information will be made available in the future.
The Met police force was also unable to provide comment on public response at time of publishing.