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Wigan Council launches personal safety app


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Dane Anderton and Julie Middlehurst of Wigan Council launch the app
Dane Anderton and Julie Middlehurst of Wigan Council launch the app
Image source: Wigan Borough Council

Wigan Borough Council has made a ‘safe places’ app available to residents.

It is based on an app developed by tech firm UMAY and provides journey and route planning options, maps of safe place locations, where trained volunteers are on hand to provide support and advice and of which more than 60 have been identified across the borough.

It also provides alerts for trusted of the user’s location, general safety advice and tips and an option to anonymously alert users of areas felt to be unsafe, which directly helps the Community Safety Partnership target hotspot areas to review its safety.

The roll out of the app is being overseen by the borough’s community safety partnership.

Safe night out

Cllr Dane Anderton, portfolio holder for police, crime and civil contingencies, said: “Everyone has the right to a safe night out and this app is an innovative and accessible way of accessing important safety advice.

“We are encouraging residents to download it as its features - including functions to share your location with friends and family - build on the good work and messages from our Community Safety Partnership.”



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