The "Draw Your Own Area" function has been launched on the two-year anniversary of the website - police.uk - which has received more than half a billion hits since it went live.
The website - used by more than one in ten adults in England and Wales - previously provided data from a standard one-mile radius from a given postcode. But the new developments allow visitors to plot the precise area for which they want information on crime, anti-social behaviour and outcomes
A statistical breakdown featuring pie charts and graphs to show the rise and fall of crime has been added, along with information on the local Police and Crime Commissioner.
Millions of people will be able to scrutinise the state of crime in their area more closely today after the Government's crime-mapping website was expanded. Police.uk users can now personalise their own crime maps to check the safety of specific areas, such as their estate, village or route to work.
The "Draw Your Own Area" function has been launched on the two-year anniversary of the website, which has received more than half a billion hits since it went live. The website crashed just hours after its launch in February 2011, leaving millions of users frustrated
Policing minister Damian Green said: "There is a huge appetite for transparency and information across the criminal justice system and we are responding by enhancing the information provided on Police.uk