Streetviolence.org gives a voice to silent witnesses

Brockley Central's dad has been fending off the dying of the light by playing tennis and helping with the development and launch of a new site which aims to make it easier for witnesses of street crime to come forward. The campaign says:

Streetviolence.org is a new website, run by charity Witness Confident, to help cut violent crime. The site allows victims of street robberies and attacks to report to the police online, post witness appeals and warn their local community by pinpointing the crime on a Google map.

People who witnessed the incident and are able to help can then get in touch with the right police team at the click of a button. By guaranteeing a secure, private channel of communication between victims or witnesses and the police, the charity hopes Streetviolence.org will galvanise more people to help the police keep our communities safe.

Early indications suggest the public are keen to help reduce street violence and will welcome this independent community service that allows them to contact the police 24/7 from the convenience of their home or workplace.

The site also aims to cut the fear street violence often causes as it will provide accurate information about the circumstances of the incident and those involved. For example, this means people can see if the attacker was a stranger or if the incident occurred at 4am or at 4pm, so helping them judge whether it raises any real concern for them or their family.

Witness Confident - which is funded by the Nuffield, Allen Lane and Wates Foundations - will operate the service across London free of charge for a year. Guy Dehn, director of Witness Confident, says:

“As a way of telling the police you can help, the site is a welcome alternative to hanging behind at the scene, standing around at a police station or waiting in line at a call centre. This matters as there’s little chance the police can make our streets safer if witnesses don’t come forward.”

15 comments:

Tamsin said...

Gosh, you're up to date. Embargoed until tomorrow and the launch briefing only started an hour ago.

Good on BC's Dad. Never think of going silent.

TheOracle said...

I couldn't find the thread, but the BBC (r4) is currently profiling the empty properties highlighted by Isabella Williams,

Brcokley central earned a mention.

Well done...

Charles Bronson said...

I'll be logging on to that

Anonymous said...

Talking of violence- anyone know what happened in Sainsburys Lewisham last week? Rumour is that the security guard was stabbed.

Lep Recorn said...

About Sainsburys Lewisham.

Anonymous said...

A mention on Radio 4 is amongst the highest accolades available to mankind; congratulations.

Anonymous said...

A local site that warned people when crime happened in their area would be a good thing. In the last fortnight I know of one mugging, at 6pm on Tyrwhitt Road, a raid on a newsagent, in Brookbank Road, and an indecent exposure, on Tressillian Road. The problem is that any site that took this on would very quickly in this area report on nothing else.

Anonymous said...

Really anon, I live on Brookbank and hadn't heard about the raid on the newsagents. What kind of raid? You mean they were robbed?

Westsider said...

Brookbank road se13? That's where greater Brockley ends.

NAT said...

'Inner Brockley' ends at Whitepost Lane to be exact. Thats a parish boundary and before that a Saxon trackway I believe.

Brookbank is just the other side.

Greater Brockley is infinite.

The raid on Brookbank stores was some weeks ago now.

Mb said...

A random observation. If it wasn't for Twiiter and this blog I would not have heard of the bloke murdered at the brothel last week. Didn't even see it in the standard or London news. Information is always good so long as it doesn't lead to an exaggerated fear of crime which can be corrosive.

Giles said...

Please won't someone think of the house prices!

terrencetrentderby said...

nobody likes a grass

Anonymous said...

Yesterday evening I noticed a guy on a pushbike riding up and down Breakspears road looking in car windows at the side of Lewisham College. As he was doing this he spoke quite loudly, as if mad or possibly talking on a hands free phone. This was a ploy.

I walked on but after seeing him place his bike on the pavement he smashed a car window and then proceeded to open it. I intervened...

His MO was to claim that the person owed him money. I said I didn;t care about that and started taking his picture, at a distance it must be said.

He rode off into lewisham Way then up Tressillian road, leaving me with a few threats into the bargain. Apparently 'I know where you live,' amongst them.

Called 999 but for some reason was put through to 'credit card fraud'. The cops did respond but seemd more interested in my 'date of birth'. If any cops out there could expand on why that was it would be appreciated. I refused to give it though.

The suspect, was black, dressed in black, close shaved or balding head, and in his thirties, riding a dark mountain bike. He was also a bit aggressive - so keep your distance if you do encounter him.

Moi said...

Good for you anon, lots of people would be too scared / apathetic to intervene

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