Stay safe and connected whilst celebrating these holidays

Release Date: 20 December 2017

Richmond Council is encouraging people to download a new personal safety app which enables users to stay connected to friends and family, if they find themselves in a difficult or vulnerable situation.

‘Circle’ is aimed at women aged 18-30 in London and was created in consultation with a group of women’s charities. It helps to make it easy to stay safe and connected when out socialising. Users simply tap to check-in with friends, letting them know they are okay or if they need help.

The app is packed with useful resources, including directions to ‘Safety Spots’ - public locations certified by police and local councils with staff trained to help. It also has a ‘location’ request – for users to see where friends are on a map, an ‘Interrupt Me’ button, so people can message their friends at the touch of a button, and a ‘Collect Me’ function enabling users to send their location to friends automatically with one click.

Cllr Mark Boyle, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

“We’re told to keep our friends close and the Circle app does that by helping to connect everyone together on a night out.  Richmond upon Thames is one of the safest boroughs in London but the Check In function of the app is useful for letting people in your circle know that all is well. 

“So, as part of your preparations for planning a festive night out why not also download this app? It will help if you need to locate your friends, or are in an uncomfortable situation and need help.”

Remember to always call 999 in an emergency.

The free app is available to download on Android and Apple.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P589/17

Updated: 29 December 2017