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30 Sep 2021

Bira backs new Home Office pilot to help women feel safer on our streets

Bira is backing a new online tool to help the public - particularly women and girls - to pinpoint areas on a map where they feel unsafe and why.

StreetSafe, which is being piloted across police forces in England and Wales, is part of the Home Office's strategy to tackle violence against women and girls in the wake of the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa.


Bira is supporting the launch of the tool as many female retail staff face walking home alone as the dark winter nights draw in.

The information collected via StreetSafe will then be used by policing in partnership with other stakeholders to deliver improved wellbeing and safety for communities, especially for women and girls. The pilot will last for three months with progress and feedback being continually monitored. It will allow for flexibility to take learning and develop future requirements of the tool.

What is StreetSafe? 

  1.  As part of the Government’s strategy to tackle Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), we are trialling a new online tool called StreetSafe on to enable people, particularly women and girls, to pin-point locations where they feel or have felt unsafe and to identify the features on why that location made them feel unsafe.   
  2. StreetSafe has been developed by the Digital Public Contact (DPC) Programme in cooperation with the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and was launched on September 2 as a national pilot for three months.
  3. StreetSafe will not be a means for crime reporting to the police. This has been confirmed by the National Crime Registrar for the purposes of the pilot and users will be directed to the right channels and guidance, including 101 and 999, should they need to report an incident.

What data is being collected?

  1. The data collected will be anonymous and will focus on particular locations and factors that lead to people feeling unsafe and might help offenders either commit or conceal a crime – such as behaviours of individuals or groups of people, as well as street lighting, abandoned buildings or poorly designed spaces, and vandalism.
  2. Users will not be asked any questions about their identity but there will be optional questions related to crime reporting and protected characteristics, such as age, sex, ethnicity etc, to help understand the demographics using StreetSafe and whether further refinements are needed to the tool to support those with protected characteristics.

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