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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This App Now Warns You When You Enter An Area Where Sex Crimes Have Been Committed

When you try to take a shortcut through a back alley for easy access suddenly your phone beeps — a notification pops up warning you that sex crime has been committed there. wow, That's what one prefecture in Japan is doing with its new "Mimamotchi" app.

This app, which uses GPS to track the user's locations,automatically sends information when users enter areas where sex crimes have been committed.

This is the first app in Japan designed to help protect young women and children from sexual predators, Fukuoka's prefectural police told the Asahi Shimbun.

Areas with a higher concentration of sex crimes are shown in red, allowing users to be able to easily spot and avoid potentially dangerous locations.

 Users are allow to choose to narrow down the sensitivity from their location, from a range of 5 km (3.1 miles) to 100 meters (328 feet).
The app shows where different sex crimes — from forcible indecency to groping — have happened on a map.

The Mimamotchi also has an alarm feature, with users able to trigger a warning beep with just a tap on screen, and to call 110 for police. The app, which is available for free across Apple and Android, is for now only available across the Fukuoka prefecture.
It has however, already received some high reviews on the Google Play store.

 This is the kind of app have been waiting for said one of the users
"It's a wonderful app. All women in Fukuoka should download it," another reviewer said.

One official added that the app does not only work to protect users, but also to heighten crime awareness.

"Many people tend to look on sex crimes as somebody else's problem, but we want them to learn about records of crimes so they will be more aware of crime prevention," Masako Tsuru, an inspector who helped develop the app, stated.

Tsuru added that police had also worked with high school and university students to crowdsource this ideas which has now be come a great one.

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