Women asked to help isolate unsafe areas in Barking and Dagenham

An east London council is asking women to highlight where they feel unsafe in the borough in a bid to improve security.

Barking and Dagenham Council wants residents to place a pin on a online map showing the roads they feel are most dangerous.

A council spokesman said the form is “completely anonymous” and will help the local authority form plans about how to “become a better ally and improve women’s safety within the borough”.

The information will also be used to draft new public safety proposals.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety for Barking and Dagenham, said: “Ensuring residents feel safe while walking around their streets comes second to none, so that’s why it is extremely important for us to understand where people feel unsafe.

“I would like to encourage all women to take part in the survey, so that we can use the data to improve safety in these areas.”

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Rachael Burford

Local Democracy Reporter