Gunma prefectural police, NTT East and Kanto Gakuen University are working on a "crime prevention application" for smartphones that would inform users of high-risk areas where suspicious persons have been seen or where crimes such as molesting or assault may occur.
According to NTT, the app shows the "danger zones" on a map. The zones will be categorized based on police data collated from witness accounts of men exposing themselves, school children being bothered, purse-snatching, gangs of unruly youths hanging around and so on.
A Gunman prefectural police spokesman said dispatching such information is the best form of security to help someone avoid walking into a potentially dangerous situation, Sankei Shimbun reported.
NTT East said it hopes to launch the app by next year.© Japan Today