Pilot launches to highlight areas in Wiltshire you feel unsafe
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Wiltshire Police welcome a new online tool for members of the public to flag areas they feel unsafe to us.
The pilot for the app ‘Streetsafe’ was launched last Thursday (02/09) by the Government with support from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
In Wiltshire, we understand the importance for people, particularly women and girls, to feel safe when our in our communities and are working hard with a range of initiatives, supported by our partners to tackle this issue.
Hosted on the national policing website police.uk and aimed primarily at women and girls, the tool will enable members of the public to anonymously drop a pin onto a map and describe factors that cause them concern, including behavioural or environmental reasons why they felt unsafe.
These could range from a poorly-lit walkway to instances of public harassment, and will mean concerns can be raised with police whether or not a crime has been committed.
The information will be used alongside other key data by the Force, in partnership with stakeholders, to deliver improved wellbeing and safety for communities.
Det Supt Sarah Robbins, Wiltshire Police lead for violence against women and girls, said: “At Wiltshire Police we are striving every day to make our streets safer for everyone in our communities.
“This includes a concerted effort to tackle violence against women and girls to ensure they feel safe from harassment, sexual abuse and assaults, when walking the streets.
“The StreetSafe pilot will enable us to improve our understanding and intelligence picture around the concerns of the public and where they don’t feel safe which will help us form a better response.
“Our aim is always to prevent crimes such as sexual assaults before they happen, but when this isn’t possible we ensure support for victims is a top priority.”
While this tool has not been designed to report crime, we’re encouraging more women and girls to come forward and report crimes like sexual harassment through existing channels.
In a non-emergency, the public can call 101 or visit 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.
You can report it online here Report a crime | Wiltshire Police and find support if you are a victim here Support for victims of rape and sexual assault | Wiltshire Police.