Online safety mapping project to fight crimes in India

Online safety mapping project to fight crimes in India

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Mumbai: Paroma Bhattacharya, a 23-year-old girl from Mumbai has come up with an online safety mapping mechanism called Jagaran which is a crowdsourced mapping initiative designed to prevent crime against people by identifying areas and localities where people feel unsafe and highlight reasons that make them feel that way.

“This information will not only help create a vigilant society but also help inform the public and authorities about both short-term and long-term measures needed to make the city safe. Safety could be linked to aspects of urban planning such as broken street lights. Or a spot could be unsafe because a group of men routinely lounge around. Community watch could help highlight such discrepancies and initiate action to prevent crime before it occurs,” said Bhattacharya. Citizens who want to report unsafe areas can log on to , select the troubled pocket and key in their reasons, be it lack of police patrol, poor street lighting or absence of security guards. The voices will be reflected on a visual map of the city.

Source: Times of India