bE is meant to improve everyday mobility for vulnerable groups while navigating urban, unsafe areas. A bottom-up, collaborative, and interactive platform (OSM: open street map) in which users can view, add and modify events occurring in different areas of the City. These entries are being collected to make-up a database that should be utilized by the authorities and decision makers for policy design and community building. It serves to track the type of offence, the amount of these, and measures improvements over time. bE allows individuals to be aware and cautious; it helps in the prevention of violence & crime; and leads to actions taken against it. The platform as Open Source carries an open data approach, though no PII (personal identifiable information) will be collected nor stored - demographic data will be collected to help identify individuals more vulnerable and to which type of assaults as part of long term prevention strategies. The database is open and accessible to everyone from citizens to the authorities, as well as educational and research institutions.
bE is an open source platform, in which crimes in the City will be able to be tracked, monitored and eventually tackled. There are 3 different users on the platform, the viewer, the victim and the organization or group who will access the database comprised of user’s data points.
A victim will be able to access the platform and add an entry for an assault they have suffered, any citizen is able to view entries, as well as color-coded areas where more events tend to happen and the severity of these. The idea has three main purposes:
Caution: identifying areas of high crime, keep each other informed and aware of the un/safe areas in their neighbourhoods, so that they can be more careful around such areas or avoid them entirely
Prevention: these entries spot high-crime areas where vigilance should be increased
Action: strategies towards change, for decision makers to create policies and regulations as well as strengthen the community through education programmes etc.