• Software designed to help women and girls feel more secure on the streets of Gloucestershire is launched today
  • The ‘Flare Report’ app can be installed on any mobile device and will enable women and girls to share their experiences, anonymously, of drink spiking, verbal abuse, inappropriate touching, on street harassment or intimidation
  • The data can also be used to deploy 18 mobile cameras to areas where women and girls say they feel most vulnerable
  • Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Evans said, “We’re using technology and the powers at our disposal to make sure women and girls can feel safer wherever they are in our county”.

Software designed to help women and girls feel more secure on the streets of Gloucestershire is launched today. (Nov 24)

The ‘Flare’ app can be installed on any mobile device and will enable women and girls to share their experiences, anonymously, of where and how they have felt unsafe as a warning to others. For more information on how to download see gloucestershire.police.uk/flare-app

It has been developed by Gloucestershire Police with the help of funding from the Home Office, and will be used by local partners who work under the umbrella of Safer Gloucestershire to make the County’s streets safer.

Data gathered through ‘Flare’ can also be used to inform the deployment of 18 mobile cameras to areas where women and girls say they feel most vulnerable.

The cameras are the first tangible benefit to come from the one million pound grant, won by the office of Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) towards helping women and girls feel safer.

The OPCC and its partners, including Gloucestershire Constabulary, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester City Council, and Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (GRASAC), were successful with two bids for funding from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund. One was for Gloucester City Centre, the other for the county as a whole.

Gloucestershire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Evans, who chairs Safer Gloucestershire, said: “Any incidence of violence, intimidation or harassment of women and girls on our streets should be reported to the police, but we know most are not. I want to turn that around and for women to have the confidence that in Gloucestershire, we care about their safety. That’s why information gained through the ‘Flare’ app – which is free and easy to use anonymously – will help us take direct action and place cameras in the very places they feel most at risk.

“It won’t change things overnight but this technology together with more police officers on our streets and by working with our councils, will, I hope, lead to women and girls feeling safer wherever they are in our county and start to tackle the unacceptable fear and abuse they face every day.”