Safetipin is a map-based mobile phone and online application, which works to make communities and cities safer by providing safety-related information collected by users and by trained auditors. At the core of the app is the Safety Audit. A Safety Audit is a participatory tool for collecting and assessing information about perceptions of safety in public spaces. The audit is based on nine parameters – Lighting, Openness, Visibility, Crowd, Security, Walkpath, Availability of Public Transport, Gender Diversity and Feeling.
The safety audits have been generated using two methods. First, manual audits were conducted using My Safetipin app.
Secondly, safety audits have been generated using the Safetipin Nite app. The assessment was done post-sunset till 10 pm. Mobile phones were mounted on the windshield of the taxis’, and using the app photographs of the city roads were taken. These photographs were then assessed based on the eight audit parameters to generate audit pins at each location.
A total of 1,724 audits have been generated, of which 1246 audits are within Panchkula Urban Complex. Over 160 km of road length has been covered in this project. Overall, the Safety Score for Panchkula is rated 2.5/5 i.e. Average.
The Safety Score of a point is a reflection of the perception of safety at that particular location. For each audit point, it is a number between 0 and 5, 0 being Poor i.e. Very Unsafe and 5 being Excellent in terms of overall safety.
Indicated in the pie chart is the percentage distribution of pins in each range. 39% of the audit points were rated poorly i.e. safety score less than 2/5. As seen in the Safety Score Map, these points are mostly located around Mansadevi Complex and sectors lying on the right side of Ghaggar river (Sectors 23 to 30).
Each of the nine parameters is rated 0/1/2/3, 0 being the poorest and 3 good. The average parameter rating graph indicates the overall average rating for each parameter. As seen in the graph, the Openness parameter has been rated the highest and is followed by other parameters of the walk path and lighting. This can be attributed to the grid planning of the city which has laid down space for wide roads and infrastructure.
The crowd, Gender Usage, and Visibility parameters are the least rated parameters, indicating less number of pedestrians after sunset and women’s participation in public spaces is poor. Security parameter has not been assessed completely due to lack of information, hence rated low. The overall feeling of Safety for the city of Panchkula is rated Below Average.