A senior British government official has given their backing to a phone company’s proposal for a new tracking service to help protect women walking alone, an idea pitched amid ongoing outrage over the slayings of two young women who were targeted near their homes in London.
The chief executive of Britain’s biggest phone company, BT, proposed the “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 an alert to her emergency contacts if she didn’t reach her destination on time, Philip Jansen said in the letter.
Acknowledging that Home Secretary Priti Patel had received the letter, the UK Home Office said she would respond in ‘due course’. In comments to the Daily Mail, Patel was more supportive. “This new phone line is exactly the kind of innovative scheme, which would be good to get going as soon as we can. I’m now looking at it with my team and liaising with BT,” the newspaper quoted Patel as saying.
The ‘walk me home’ service could be up and running by Christmas, reported the Mail. The service may complement Britain’s existing nationwide emergency number, said Jansen.