A SAFETY app has been helping residents redirect to better routes by avoiding 'high crime zones' in Bournemouth. 

The WalkSafe app alerts users when they enter 'high crime zones' and has surged in popularity in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder. 

The map pin points reports of crime taken from monthly police reports in the area, including sexual assault, mugging and knife crime.

Co-founder Emma Kay was compelled to create the app due to her own experiences of harassment.

She said:

"Our ultimate goal was, even if it saves one person from a difficult situation then it will all be worth it and that's really what drives us."

How does WalkSafe work?

Bournemouth Echo:

What the app looks like on your phone - Walksafe

WalkSafe visualises crime reports which have been published by the police, so you can plan your route more safely and effectively.

Its HomeSafe function estimates how long it should take you to get somewhere (and alerts a loved one if your journey doesn’t go to plan), while TapSafe allows you to send a contact your location details.

WalkSafe automatically alerts you when you walk near an area with any reported crime and helps you to divert your route. 

The app is free and there are no in app purchases either.

What do the coloured dots on the map mean?

Red – violence/sexual assault

Black – knife crime

Light Blue – feeling unsafe

Yellow – mugging

The colours on the TapSafe feature will change depending on the time of day, allowing for discreet use at night time reducing the risk of alerting a potential attacker.

Crime reported on the streets of Bournemouth - a quick round-up:

Town centre

Bournemouth Echo:

The app shows you where crime has recently been reported - WalkSafe

Westover Road - Violence/sexual assault

Hinton Road - Violence/sexual assault

Old Christchurch Road - Violence/sexual assault

Dalkeith Lane - Mugging 

Westcliff Road - Violence/sexual assault

Cambridge Road - Mugging


Meyrick Road - Violence/sexual assault

Lansdowne Crescent - Violence/sexual assault

Lansdowne Mews - Violence/sexual assault

Stafford Road  -  Violence/sexual assault

Christchurch Road - Violence/sexual assault


East Overcliff Drive - Mugging

Christchurch Road - Violence/sexual assault

Boscombe Spa Road - Violence/sexual assault

Hawkwood Road- Violence/sexual assault

Palmerston Road - Mugging

Shelley Road East - Violence/sexual assault


St Clements Road - Knife crime

Victoria Place - Knife crime

Churchill Road - Knife crime

Cleaveland Road - Violence/sexual assault

Austin Close- Violence/sexual assault

Charminster and Winton

Charminster Road - Violence/sexual assault

Charminster Road - Violence/sexual assault

Malmesbury Park Road - Violence/sexual assault

Cardigan Road - Violence/sexual assault

Wimborne Road - Violence/sexual assault

Alma Road - Mugging

Privet Road - Mugging


Bolton Close - Violence/sexual assault

Southbourne Coast Road - Violence/Sexual assault

If you want to download the app for yourself, you can do so via your phone's app store.