Home Office Update: Safer Streets Pilot Online Tool 2021

The news this week of Sabina Nessa’s murder and the sentencing of Sarah Everard’s killer continues to appal us and galvanise action. We are determined to tackle crime and make the streets safer for everyone. A key part of this commitment involves tackling violence against women and girls and to do this we are taking into consideration factors that contribute to women and girls feeling unsafe, wherever they are.

As you know, earlier this year the Home Office launched our Tackling Violence against Women and Girls strategy and more recently launched a new online tool called StreetSafe, which is being piloted across police forces in England and Wales. The tool enables the public, particularly women and girls, to pinpoint areas on a map where they feel unsafe and say why.

This information will then be used by policing in partnership with other stakeholders to deliver improved wellbeing and safety for communities, especially for women and girls. The pilot will last for three months with progress and feedback being continually monitored. It will allow for flexibility to take learning and develop future requirements of the tool.

We want to hear from people so we can make sure we know where people feel unsafe and what we can do about it – especially for women and girls. We need you to help us reach people through your platform during the pilot so we can gather as much data as possible.

We’re asking you to support the online tool on your social media platforms this week and help us ensure we’re reaching women and girls through your engaged audiences.

Below you will find some further information about the tool. We can also answer any further questions you might also have.

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