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Burglaries, arson and criminal damage are among the incidents recorded on the Crime Mapper website - one of the Humberside force’s key weapons in the fight against criminals.

And now police are calling on residents to pay a major role in tackling the crime and antisocial behaviour which is occurring across the Isle.

Crime Mapper highlights ‘hotspots’ of activity, and can pinpoint exact locations of incidents down to the nearest street.

The most recent monthly statistics reveal there were 43 crimes recorded in Epworth, including 17 incidents of criminal damage and arson plus 11 burglaries.

Hotspots revealed eight burglaries close to Shepherd’s Croft and 13 incidents in the ‘central triangle’ of Epworth - Church Street, Market Place and Albion Hill.

There were fewer crimes recorded in the Crowle area during the same period however - 14 - but statistics still identified four incidents of vehicle crime and three calls were for criminal damage and arson. A Humberside Police spokesman said: “Members of the public can play a key role in tackling crime and anti social behaviour in our area by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity or concerns.

“To that end it is important that we keep residents and communities informed of what is happening across North Lincolnshire by using the most appropriate and cost effective channels.

“The Crime Mapper website, along with our own Humberside Police website, offer the public the chance to find out more about their local policing teams along with information on upcoming meetings, events, key arrests and emerging concerns in order to ensure that precautions can be taken to avoid falling foul of criminals or simply find out when your next local community meeting is taking.”

A Neighbourhood Action Team (NAT) meeting will take place at Althorpe and Keadby Primary School next Tuesday, February 14, at 7pm.

Residents who want to raise any concerns should contact neighbourhood officers beforehand or a North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) ward member or Crowle and Ealand Town Council.

Another NAT meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28, at the Imperial Hall, Church Street, Epworth. Residents can raise any concerns from 6.30pm.

From 7pm the meeting is only open to NAT members which includes police, Neighbourhood Watch coordinators, town and ward councillors plus NLC officers.

A police ‘walkabout’ event will also be staged in the Station Road area of Keadby on Monday, March 5, from 2pm.

Meanwhile police are still appealing for information following an attempted robbery at Keadby News, Station Road, on Monday, January 30, shortly after 5am.

Three masked men wielding knives demanded money from the till and sprayed owner Thomas Smith with a chemical, however he managed to chase them off and they fled empty-handed.

A police spokesman confirmed a 28-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident but he was subsequently released with no further action being taken.

Anyone with information should call Humberside Police on 101, quoting log 55 of 30/01/12. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

l For more information on crime maps log on to www.police.co.uk