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Wakefield Council to deploy WalkSafe app


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Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings
Image source: Wakefield Council

Wakefield Council has said it is to launch a local version of the WalkSafe app to support personal safety around the city centre.

It has provided information on support services up to 4km from the centre, which will be available on the app from Friday 7 June.

The initiative has involved a partnership between the council, Wakefield BID – an organisation focused on regenerating the city centre – and the Safer Together Partnership Wakefield and District.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield’s cabinet member for communities, poverty and health, said: “The Walk Safe app is a brilliant concept. Even though Wakefield is the safest city in West Yorkshire, the app offers lots of different features and information to give people that extra reassurance when enjoying everything Wakefield has to offer.

This is a great way to help people have the best possible experience in our city centre.”

Features of the app include: the WalkSafe function to share destination, route and estimated arrival time with trusted friends; HomeSafe to alert them if you fail to arrive on time; a safety map of spaces and support; an SOS button for use if in danger; and a reporting function to raise any issues or concerns.

Safer nights out

Emma Kay, WalkSafe App founder, said: We know 63% of women prefer to visit pubs, bars and restaurants that have safety initiatives in place. Our national safety map allows users to see exactly where these venues are and plan safer experiences out.”

Thomas Wales, CEO of Wakefield BID, said: “Ensuring a safer Wakefield directly boosts our local economy by attracting more visitors to our local businesses, supporting a vibrant commercial environment. This not only increases customer foot traffic and revenue but also makes Wakefield an attractive destination for new investments and developments, ultimately leading to sustained economic growth for our entire community.”

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