News – Home Office – Safer Streets pilot online tool

StreetSafe is a pilot service for anyone to anonymously tell us about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg being followed or verbally abused.

What is StreetSafe? 

  1.  As part of the government’s strategy to tackle Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), we are trialling a new online tool called StreetSafe on police.uk to enable people, particularly women and girls, to pin-point locations where they feel or have felt unsafe and to identify the features on why that location made them feel unsafe.   
  2. StreetSafe has been developed by the Digital Public Contact (DPC) Programme in cooperation with the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and was launched on 2nd September as a national pilot for three months.
  3. StreetSafe will not be a means for crime reporting to the police. This has been confirmed by the National Crime Registrar for the purposes of the pilot and users will be directed to the right channels and guidance, including 101 and 999, should they need to report an incident.

What data is being collected?

  1. The data collected will be anonymous and will focus on particular locations and factors that lead to people feeling unsafe and might help offenders either commit or conceal a crime – such as behaviours of individuals or groups of people, as well as street lighting, abandoned buildings or poorly designed spaces, and vandalism.
  2. Users will not be asked any questions about their identity but there will be optional questions related to crime reporting and protected characteristics, such as age, sex, ethnicity etc, to help understand the demographics using StreetSafe and whether further refinements are needed to the tool to support those with protected characteristics.

Further information about StreetSafe is available on www.police.uk/streetsafe .

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