People in Bath are being encouraged to use a new tool to anonymously tell Avon and Somerset Police and its partners about public places where they feel or have felt unsafe.
StreetSafe has been introduced as part of the Government’s response to tackling violence against women and girls, but all local people are being encouraged to use the tool to help identify areas where there are fears caused by anti-social behaviour and environment issues including lack of street lighting, abandoned buildings and vandalism.
The online tool enables residents to anonymously pinpoint on a map the location where they felt unsafe.
The information provided 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.
No crime needs to have been committed in order to indicate where local people feel unsafe, though the StreetSafe tool should not be used to report crimes.
PCC Mark Shelford said: “I very much welcome this free online tool; a crime doesn’t always have to be committed for you to feel unsafe but this feeling of unsafety is still very much justified.
“The police and partners want to understand local people’s experiences to help inform their community safety activities.
“I’m delighted that such activity has taken place already in Weston-super-Mare and I know local policing teams are eager to undertake further action.
“I encourage local people to continue to use the tool so, together, we can make our communities safer.”
Superintendent Paul Underhill, Neighbourhood Policing, Avon and Somerset Police added: “StreetSafe is a fantastic tool, allowing people to quickly and easily report exactly where and why they feel unsafe in certain areas.
“This information is used by our Neighbourhood Policing Teams to build up a picture of hotspot areas and specific issues.
“We’re then able to put an appropriate response in place whether that’s installing CCTV, increasing the number of patrols or working with partners to address practical isses like poor lighting or vandalism.
“We’d like to encourage more people to use the StreetSafe tool; the more information we have, the more we can do to make the streets safer for everyone.”
You can visit the StreetSafe tool here.