Safety app reveals the most dangerous places to walk in Sheffield on interactive map

An app designed to help people find safe walking routes has been updated to show Sheffield residents the streets to avoid.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 11:20 am

WalkSafe is one of a number of safety apps downloaded in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard, aged 33, who was killed as she walked home through London earlier this month.

The 33-year-old, originally from York, was on her way home from a friend’s house in Clapham Common when she disappeared.

Her remains were later found in Kent and Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has since been charged with kidnap and murder.

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There has been a surge in demand for online apps since the murder of Sarah Everard

In response, a surge in demand for online safety apps has been seen, with WalkSafe one of those proving most popular.

It provides a map visualising crime reports to the police and is updated each week.

The aim is to help users see where serious crimes have been committed, to spot patterns and to identify regular trouble spots.

The app also scans the road ahead, alerting users when they walk near to areas that have seen reports of knife attacks, sexual assault, mugging and pickpocketing.

The company behind the app said: “No one can predict where the next crime will be, however, we believe being informed and staying alert is the key to staying safer.

“WalkSafe provides the information and intuitive features that allow you to regularly check areas of crime, identify trouble spots and take action. Plan a safer route, check your regular routes and help your loved ones stay safer with WalkSafe.”

In Sheffield city centre, the map flags knife crime incidents in Barkers Pool, Pinfold Street, York Street, St Peter’s Close and Wicker. Others nearby have been reported off Exeter Way in Broomhall and Brightmore Drive, Netherthorpe.

The map also flags incidents as violence and sexual assault, with markers left on High Street, Fargate, Broad Lane, Solly Street and Brocco Lane.

There are six markers on the map in Burngreave, with incidents reported on Spital Hill, Brunswick Road, Stockton Close, Somerset Street, Nottingham Street and Pinfold Lane.

To report crimes call South Yorkshire Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

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