Northants residents urged to use online map to flag areas they feel unsafe

An online mapping tool has allowed members of the public to flag areas in their communities where they feel unsafe – and local agencies are urging even more people to use the map to help them identify areas that can be helped.

The StreetSafe map was launched in September by the Home Office, and the National Police Chiefs’ Council collects data allowing police forces to understand the specific concerns raised and use the information to make informed decisions on safety. After a successful first phase trial, the StreetSafe map is now continuing to be available for use by the public for the 2022/23 financial year.

Although open to everyone, the tool is being used as part of efforts both locally and nationally to tackle violence against women and girls. West Northamptonshire Council and the Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) have been awarded £800,000 to deliver a host of schemes to improve safety for women and girls.

Reporting is anonymous and the data gathered for Northamptonshire will be used by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Office. Validated trends will be taken to the Community Safety Partnerships in Northamptonshire where Police and Local Authorities will jointly work towards finding solutions.

Now the three organisations – Northamptonshire Police, West Northamptonshire Council and the OPFCC – are urging residents to share their views, with the promise that their feedback will be taken into consideration.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, said: “The first trial phase since September has proved very useful for us, and we’re glad to see StreetSafe continuing for the next financial year. This will really help us reveal any patterns and build solutions for specific local problems.

“And it will form a really important part of the work we are doing in Northamptonshire to target violence against women and girls.”

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Use the StreetSafe tool here.