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London borough of Southwark takes on digital community engagement tool

November 17th 2016

The Southwark Neighbourhood Watch Association, together with Swedish community safety app Trygve, are pioneering a new, digital method of local engagement to connect communities within the London borough of Southwark.

Trygve is a free app that provides a specially designed digital platform where users can collaborate, empowering community members to support each other and work together to solve local issues and combat crime.

Marcus Suitor, Secretary of Southwark Neighbourhood Watch Association said “Trygve is a terrific free app that will surely benefit everyone in the area.”

“We are hoping it enhances communication between members, but also encourages the younger members of the borough to play more of an active role in Neighbourhood Watch. We hope everyone who lives and works in Southwark gets involved.”

The app features an interactive map where users can see and share local incidents and information. Users are able to communicate with each other and contribute to posted events, capturing ground-level intelligence in real time. There is also a personal safety alarm built into the app that alerts other users when triggered.

Trygve is hugely successful in Sweden and is now available in the UK, free of charge. It is available on iOS devices through the App Store and Android devices through Google Play. There is also a computer version of the app for non-smartphone users.

“This is such an interesting project for Trygve, where we are gaining an insight on how communities in very large and complex cities can band together and utilize each other more,” Sheona Urquhart Trygve UK Manager said.

“We are aiming for a very big and positive culture shift where members of the community feel they can turn to each other and trust each other more.”

Everyone in the Southwark area is encouraged to take part. The Southwark Neighbourhood Watch Association has already created groups in the app that community members can join.

Visit www.trygve.co.uk/join to get started.

www.trygve.co.uk

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Contact sheona.urquhart@trygve.co.uk / 0203 868 2289