A new app allows users not only to find the quickest way to get to their destination, but the safest one. Safe & The City compiles data from local police as well as user submissions to alert users to which streets have had crimes and incidents of sexual harassment. The app vibrates when someone stumbles across an incident-ridden path and pinpoints exactly where someone was robbed, assaulted, flashed and even catcalled, as users are encouraged to add their own experiences to the map.
A new app called Safe & The City allows users not only to find the quickest way to get to their destination, but the safest one, by compiling police crime data and users’ first-hand accounts
Safe & The City describes itself as ‘an empowering GPS app to safely route, share and evaluate your walk to stop harassment and create a safer community for everyone.’ If a user happens to stumble across an incident-ridden intersection, the app will vibrate to let them know that trouble could be on the horizon. The app also has a built-in feature to directly dial 999. Safe & The City was launched after the app’s founder was led down a dark, narrow alley at night by her GPS and had a potential dangerous run-in with two men. Speaking to the Times, Jillian Kowalchuk said: ‘Two male kitchen staff on a break said vulgar acts they wanted to do to my body. I ignored them, put on a brave face, but felt scared knowing I was walking where I couldn’t easily escape or seek help. ‘Their threats turned out to be empty but I started thinking about younger or more vulnerable persons walking out there.’
Users are encouraged to add their own incidents to the map, helping to create a more accurate grid of where crime happens in the city
If a user happens to stumble across an incident-ridden intersection, the app will vibrate to let them know that trouble could be on the horizon
Users are encouraged to add their own incidents to the map, helping to create a more accurate grid of where crime happens in the city.
They can label their experiences as assault, groping, indecent exposure, stalking or other when it doesn’t fall under a specific category.
In Paddington, someone reported that they were ‘catcalled and then spat on by a Deliveroo driver after telling him to stop.’
Nearby in Marylebone, a user said they were ‘groped by a doorman of Salt.’
Another said: ‘I went for a walk along Regent’s Canal on Christmas night, someone who walked behind me walk passed me, and then when I passed underneath the bridge, he stood there with his penis out with his phone torch light lighting up his penis. He then asked me if I want it. I then told him I am going to tell the police.’
In Finsbury, on Torrens street, Angel, a ‘man exposed himself while masturbating after I left a club, my friends left and was waiting for an Uber’, someone claimed.
Users can label their experiences as assault, groping, indecent exposure, stalking or other, when it doesn’t fall under a specific category
And in Shepherd’s Bush on Mount View Road in Crouch End, a woman said: ‘A man followed me in his car one time as I walked along. I used to live on that street, so obviously felt unsafe for a while walking around there again.
‘He followed me for about a minute – I didn’t really notice at first, just thought he was driving slowly. Then he lowered his window and that’s when I noticed. I said “can I help you with something?” in an angry tone and he laughed and sped off.’
Currently, the app is only available in London but the company hopes to branch out to other parts of the UK and internationally in due time.
Safe & The City is available on iPhones and will be available for download on Android devices by the end of the week.