An App That Maps Safer Cities for Women

The Safe & the City app uses data to help women find the safest routes in cities.

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March 17, 2019, 7:00 AM PDT

By Camille Fink

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A new app called Safe & the City seeks to provide women with navigational information by using crime and crowdsourced user data. "It covers personal safety navigation; route sharing; rating and geo-tagging of different aspects of walks; and sharing data with businesses and authorities to help tackle insecurity," writes Mike Butcher.

Users can report incidents and rate the safety of their walks. They will also receive alerts about high-risk areas and notifications about "Safe Sites," organizations in the vicinity with staff trained to handle emergencies and other safety-related situations.

The app is starting by focusing on London, with plans to expand to other cities in the future. "The new features include better navigation with turn-by-turn directions, integration with location startup what3words for greater accuracy and pinned locations of police stations and licensed premises involved in the ground-breaking Ask for Angela campaign in the U.K.," notes Butcher.

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