A phone service aimed at protecting women on their way home has received the assistance of the Home Secretary following the outcry caused by the murder of Sarah Everard.
The app, tentatively called 888 or “Walk Me Home”, could be launched by Christmas, according to some reports.
A spokeswoman said the Home Office had received a letter from BT chief Philip Jansen suggesting using the emergency number so those at risk can track their travels and raise an alarm if they don’t get home on time.
“We received the letter and will respond in due course,” said the spokeswoman.
“As outlined in our strategy earlier this year, we need a society-wide approach to combating violence against women and girls and we welcome the joint work between the private sector and the government.”
The Daily Mail quoted Priti Patel as saying, “This new phone line is exactly the kind of innovative program that would be good to get started as soon as possible. I’m going to look at this with my team and talk to BT. “
The telecommunications provider has operated the emergency number 999 for 84 years.
The mail reported that the new “Walk me home” service could be in operation until Christmas, possibly with the number 888 and the ability to call the police.
Mr Jansen said the idea came because he was filled with “indignation and disgust” after the murders of Ms. Everard and Sabina Nessa.
In the Daily Mail, he wrote: “There is growing anger and desperation to take action. As the CEO of BT, I am able to do something practical. I’ve been thinking about how we can use technology to address the problem.
“So, together with my BT colleagues, I came up with something that I believe could help.”
He said “GPS technology similar to Uber and Google Maps” could enable a phone user to opt for a “remote tracking mechanism”.
He added, “If activated, it would automatically trigger an alert if they didn’t reach their destination within the expected time.
“The user’s designated emergency contacts – usually family and friends – could then raise the alarm to the police if they were unable to determine the user’s whereabouts and safety.
“Nobody would be missing for hours, their whereabouts were unknown. It would also allow a user to send an instant alert to the police with just one touch.
“My colleagues at BT are now working on the technology and the practical things.”
Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Couzens used his police handcuffs and arrest warrant to stage a fake arrest so that he could kidnap 33-year-old Ms. Everard before he raped and murdered her.
Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick announced Friday that Baroness Casey of Blackstock would lead the Metropolitan Police’s culture and standards review following the murder.
Dame Cressida said it was an “important step in our path to restoring public confidence” which would review the review, recruitment, leadership, training and “all kinds of processes” of the force to see how they are applying the best possible standards strengthen.
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