Priti Patel backs new 888 emergency number for women walking home alone

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A new emergency number is being planned to protect women walking home alone amid widespread fears about safety following the murder of Sarah Everard.

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BT, which runs the existing 999 service, has submitted proposals for a mobile app that would allow people to track their travels, with alerts to ensure they have returned home.

Philip Jensen, chief executive of the telecommunications company, told daily mail He was inspired to work on the idea by the murders of Everard and Sabina Nessa.


The newspaper reported on Saturday that Home Secretary Priti Patel was a supporter of the idea, which Mr Jensen said could cost £50m to set up.

“This new phone line is absolutely one of a kind innovative scheme which would be good to start at the earliest. I am now looking into it with my team and getting in touch with BT,” Ms Patel was quoted as saying Was.

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Under the plans, users will be able to call or text 888 to estimate the number of minutes it will take them to return to their home address or other secure destination.

Their journey will then be tracked using GPS and the app will send a message to check that the user has made it home safely – failure to respond will alert emergency contacts.

“It is very rare that people are kidnapped, raped and murdered, and the whole story is horrifying. But what is not rare is the number of people who feel anxious or frightened when they walk home,” Mr. Jenson said.

“It happens every day in huge numbers, people walking by themselves, looking over their shoulders, constantly worried.”

He said the app could help prevent people from missing hours before the alarm goes off and help deter criminals who would know that friends and family can be alerted within minutes.

NS Match Reportedly the new “Walk Me Home” service could be operational by Christmas, potentially with the number 888.

Mr Jensen also noted that there were issues to be resolved with the plans, such as funding, privacy and the potential for abuse, but added that he expected ministers to take the idea seriously.

“There is a need for proper discussion and debate about the technology, but I am sure we can make it work,” the telecom boss said.

“I’m not a politician, I can’t change society, but if I can use innovative technology to improve personal safety, I’m determined to do so.”

A Home Office spokesperson confirmed Granthshala He had received BT’s offer and would respond “in due course”.

He said, “As laid out in our strategy earlier this year, we need a whole-society approach to tackling violence against women and girls and to welcome joint work between the private sector and government. “

The Metropolitan Police announced that Baroness Casey of Blackstock will lead a review of the culture and standards in force in the wake of the murder of Ms. Everard.

Ms Everard was killed by an officer, who used handcuffs and a warrant card issued by the police for a fake arrest to kidnap her.

On Friday, Weather Police also said an “immediate investigation” was underway to review all existing investigations into allegations of sexual and domestic abuse against officers and employees.

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