The government is trialling a new online tool which lets members of the public anonymously pinpoint on a map a location where they don’t feel safe.
The tool is available on the Police UK website: www.police.uk/streetsafe The website is secure and completely anonymous.
StreetSafe has been introduced as part of the Government’s response to tackling violence against women and girls, but it should also be used to identify areas where there are fears caused by other things such as anti-social behaviour and environmental issues.
Anyone who has concerns about a particular location is encouraged to flag it through the tool. This information will be considered alongside the extensive evidence base already gathered by police forces and used to inform the community safety activities of police and partner agencies such as local authorities. For instance this might include improved streetlighting, increased vigilance by community Watch groups or additional scrutiny from neighbourhood policing teams.
No crime needs to have been committed in order to indicate where you feel unsafe, and it is important to remember that the StreetSafe tool should not be used to report crimes.
Report to police by calling 999 if anyone is in immediate danger or a crime is in progress.
For non-urgent crimes please see the Contact section and use the most appropriate form.
Remember you should never feel embarrassed about reporting crimes directly to the police, nor feel that anything is too trivial to be taken seriously. As an example if you have been followed or approached by the same person on a number of occasions, this should be reported to the police by calling 999 if in immediate danger or by completing the non-emergency form within the contact section, you can then add the location to the StreetSafe tool.
Reporting crimes is not the intended purpose of StreetSafe, as reports in StreetSafe are completely anonymous and we cannot help you if we do not know who you are. Similarly, if you are seeking feedback on a report this cannot be done through StreetSafe as the tool does not capture your address, email or phone number, so again you should contact the police directly.
The online StreetSafe tool is very easy to use, and includes a short series of sections to complete, with guidance every step of the way. You cannot enter descriptions that concerns you in your own words and this is a good rule of thumb, it indicates that if you need to provide this level of detail then you may need to contact the police directly. To pinpoint the area of concern, you can place a pin in the online map or enter the location.
The more people that use the Street Safe tool, the better the assessment of the information gathered. Please use it.