According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, half of all women felt unsafe at some point walking alone in the dark.
They can call a friend, share their location on WhatsApp, or have their keys close at hand – all ways to stay safe. Sexual harassment against women has been the focus for most of this year, with women across the UK using their own methods to feel better when they go out at night. So can technology play a role in making women feel safer on our streets?
After the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Ness, WalkSafe has grown in popularity and is now the fastest growing security app in the UK.
Founder Emma Kaye came up with this concept after experiencing harassment, groping, and blinking.
“Our app is really bittersweet because of course we love to be busy. However, we would very much like it not to happen. Nobody wants to live in a world where we need a security app, but unfortunately there is a place for that. ” , He said.
WalkSafe will receive a new satellite navigation feature early next year, which will include a live map where your family and friends can track your trip and communicate with you in real time. For now, his only selling point is a map that allows people to plan the safest route home by looking at recent crime data.
Kay said, “Our app encourages people to take precautions to avoid crime, rather than react when they are in a bad situation.
“We have former Metropolitan Police detectives and forensic analysts examining this data and categorizing it into areas that the user would like to know about. By observing crime patterns, users can identify critical crime points in order to plan safer routes. ”
Since its launch in March this year, the app has been downloaded over 560,000 times.