As part of the government’s agenda to tackle violence against women and girls, we are using a new online tool called StreetSafe to enable people, particularly women and girls, to report locations where they feel or have felt unsafe and to identify the features on why that location made them feel unsafe.
StreetSafe is police-supported and has been developed in cooperation with the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
What data is being collected?
The focus of this is to identify particular areas and factors that lead to people feeling unsafe and might help offenders either commit or conceal a crime – such as street lighting, abandoned buildings or poorly designed spaces, vandalism, as well as behaviours of individuals or groups of people.
StreetSafe is anonymous. There will be no questions about your identity, such as your name or date of birth. However, there are optional questions about crime reporting as well as your age, sex, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, illnesses or disabilities. We are asking for this information because it helps us to have a better understanding of your concerns, but you don't have to answer if you don’t want to.
We will continue to consult on the use of the tool and its requirements to support its future development.
The tool captures:
location data (longitude and latitude) provided by Google Maps
answers to questions about the place that may cause you to feel unsafe
answers to questions about peoples’ behaviour that may cause you to feel unsafe
reasons for not reporting a crime
information about your characteristics (like your age range and gender) but nothing that could identify you (like your name or contact details)
Who will have access to the data and how will it be used?
The data from StreetSafe will be made available to Police and Crime Commissioners and local policing teams to share with local authorities and other stakeholders as part of their community partnerships to have a better understanding of geographical profiles and inform their community safety activities.
The data will also be made available to government policy officials with responsibility for making our streets safer.
How will the data be protected?
How will the data be stored and how long will it be stored for?
All anonymised data will be stored on encrypted and password-protected devices in order to protect against loss or damage. Any data will be kept as part of the government’s agenda to tackle violence against women and girls. The duration of this and what happens next will be determined after a 3 month period from launch when the responses from the public are reviewed.
How can I ask questions or complain?
You can ask questions about this data capture tool or report any issues with it using this form.