Using map-based technology to communicate local issues and incidents is quickly becoming the preferred method of receiving messages.
Not only does a map-based method indicate what area an incident is affecting, but maps naturally ‘filter’ events for individuals, further customizing the user's experience. The Trygve map automatically starts off showing information surrounding a person’s current location, which would naturally be of interest to them. In addition, a map that is interactive allows people to easily wander around and view other areas that may be of interest to them, such as family member's homes, summer houses, etc.
While map-based technology is increasing and advancing, it is important to note the following key points when posting public events in Trygve:
Trygve will do its best to automatically input an address for a pin when creating an event or altering the position of the pin. This is in order to keep things accurate and save time. Be aware that you can edit the address of your pin by tapping/clicking the pencil icon. This is handy to remove house numbers or add additional information, such as "Carpark of Tesco, Main Street, Birmingham." Ensure you minimise the use of house numbers if the house in question isn't your own.
Approximate vs Exact locations
The law prohibits the address of a residence where a criminal offence has taken place to be made public. Criminal offences include burglary, murder, criminal damage, assault, etc. NOTE: Anti-social behaviour such as rowdiness, street drinking, prostitution or begging is not considered a criminal offence.
Criminal offence posts will usually come from Police, however public information can be posted by anyone. Trygve has put features in place to allow criminal offence events to be posted safely in the Trygve environment. When creating an event, a user has the the option of selecting ‘approximate location’ for the event address. By ticking this box, the pin ‘needle’ is removed and a non-specific circle remains. Users are still able to edit the placement and address for this post to further generalise the location.
If you are required to post about a criminal offence that occurred in a residential area, take these simple steps:
- Pick a nearby park, roundabout, bridge or the middle of the road (rather than the house in question) to ‘generalise’ your pin’s location
- Edit your pin’s address, ensuring house numbers are removed
- Select ‘approximate location’
These simple tips will ensure that important public information is accurately displayed in the Trygve environment, whilst protecting the privacy of the individuals and properties involved in the offence.
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