Sussex Police is one of a number of forces piloting a new app called StreetSafe.
Launched by the Home Office and National Police Chiefs’ Council, the online tool allows residents to flag public places where they have concerns for their safety.
While anyone can use it, it is hoped that women and girls in particular will use the facility.
Alongside other information, the data will be used to improve safety and introduce new measures, such as night-time patrols or installing better street lighting in the local community.
StreetSafe is also not a replacement for 999 or 101, so crime should not be reported using it.
The tool enables members of the public to anonymously drop a pin onto a map and describe factors that cause them concern in the area, including poor street lighting, vandalism or because they where followed or verbally abused.
Sussex’s Chief Constable Jo Shiner said:
The Street Safe app is a step towards understanding wider issues of safety for women and girls – where it may not be a crime but something is making them feel unsafe or where they feel they have to change their behaviour to do so.
I would encourage people to use this app to help us, and other local agencies, better understand what we can do in your neighbourhood to make you feel safer,Jo Shiner, Chief Constable
Click to us the app: StreetSafe.