Britain introduces street-level crime maps

British authorities on Tuesday launched a new crime-mapping website for England and Wales that lets users track what crimes have been committed on a street-by-street basis.

But millions of hits have put pressure on the new site, which crashed within just a few hours of its launch.

The Home Office said it is working to provide a fix for the crash, which reported traffic of 300,000 hits a minute.

The interactive maps, available on computers and mobile phones, will increase transparency and hold police forces more accountable to the public, Britain's Home Office said.

Site visitors can type in a street name or postcode to see the approximate locations of reported incidents broken down into six categories, including robbery, burglary, violent crime and car crime.

The maps will be updated on a monthly basis and show which police officers are responsible for solving crime in each area, including information from local forces' Twitter feeds.