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UK Eye ‘Walk Me Home’ phone-tracker app to protect single women

By The Associated Press

LONDON: A top UK government official has backed a phone company’s proposal for a new tracking service to help protect women walking alone, following the murder of two young women targeted near their homes in London. Amidst the outrage there is a thought.

The chief executive officer of Britain’s largest phone company BT proposed a “walk me home” service in a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Once a woman activated an app on her phone, the service would track her journey and send alerts to her emergency contacts if she didn’t reach her destination on time, Philip Jensen said in the letter.

The UK Home Office confirmed that Patel had received the letter and would respond in “reasonable time”.

Patel was more helpful in the comments daily mail.

“This new phone line is exactly the kind of innovative scheme that would be good to start as soon as possible,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

“I am now looking into it with my team and liaising with BT.”

“Walk Me Home” service may start by Christmas, Match informed of.

Jenson said the service would complement the UK’s existing nationwide emergency number.

BT has run the UK 999 emergency number for 84 years and is currently upgrading the system.

In March, 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a serving police officer, who this month pleaded guilty to murder and other charges and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Went.

Sabina Nessa, a 28-year-old primary school teacher, died six months later when she was walking through a park in south London to visit a friend.

“Many people, especially women, are living in fear because of male violence,” Jenson wrote in Daily Mail.

“And their parents, partners and friends worry too, now more than ever.”

“I’m not a politician, I can’t change society, but if I can use innovative technology to improve personal safety, I’m determined to do so.”

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