A safety app which alerts people when they're entering 'high crime zones' is helping residents redirect to better routes in south east London.

The WalkSafe app pins locations of reported crime, such as sexual assault, mugging and knife crime, by using police data.

Whilst most residents will have local knowledge of which areas to avoid, some will not, and it may help to know where the most recent incidents have occurred, so we've compiled a list of recorded incidents in Bromley.

The app surged to the top of the download charts in the wake of Sarah Everard’s kidnapping and murder in Clapham and discussions around male violence against women.

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

"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," Emma said.

Anyone can download the app via the App Store for iPhones or Google Play Store for Android phones.

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

It shows you how many crimes have been reported in the area- and also how long ago it was reported.

WalkSafe automatically alerts you when you walk near these dangers, and uses data published via police.uk with the app refreshing the map twice per week.

This is what the coloured dots on the app 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.

As well as police reports, the app also allows people to record when they ‘feel unsafe’. The user can report anything from rowdy groups of people, drunks, if there is a police presence and even if the area is poorly lit.

Another feature allows people to tap the app every so often while they walk home, sending an alert to a loved one if they do not tap within the set time.

Users can also check in with others and let the app send an automatic notification to friends when they have reached their destination.

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

Crime reported on the streets of Bromley - a quick round-up

Knife Crime:

  • Beckenham Lane
  • Sandpit Road, Downham
  • Wrenthorpe Road
  • Orford Road, Bellingham
  • Callander Road
  • Croydon Road x2
  • Trenholme Road, Penge
  • Central Hill, Upper Norwood x2
  • Stanhope Grove, Upper Elmers End
  • Valley Road

Violence/sexual assault:

  • Chelsfield Road x3 (St Paul's Cray)
  • St Mary Cray Recreational Ground x3
  • Crockenhill Road (St Paul's Cray)
  • Scarlet Close
  • Yeovil Close, Orpington
  • Ashbourne Rise
  • Crofton Road x2
  • Holydale Drive
  • Turpington Lane x2
  • Whitebeam Avenue and Almond Close, Bickley
  • Royal Parade, Chislehurst
  • Lubbock Road, Chislehurst
  • Bromley centre x2
  • Colebrook Rise
  • St Eden Park Road
  • Eresby Drive
  • Upper Elmers End Road
  • Aviemore Close
  • Bromley Common x2

Feeling unsafe:

  • Stanley Road, Orpington x3
  • Nunnington Close

More locations can be found on the map.

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