I don’t usually write about apps but wanted to give you the heads up about the Trygve community safety app. My neighbourhood has recently suffered a spike in anti-social behavior and the Trygve community safety app has become very handy indeed. You can create a group and report activity in real time or post about a local incident on the map which can be seen by people in the area. If you feel unsafe where you live, you might want to check it out.
How The Trygve Community Safety App Was Born
Trygve is pronounced ‘Trigg-veh’ which I’d been pronouncing as ‘Try-give’ but after meeting Sheona (from Trygve) last week I can now say it correctly. The word is a traditional Swedish male name which means someone who is genuine and likeable which is from the word Trygg meaning safe and secure.
Per Källgården Founder and CEO
This is a free app which is all about safety in the community with a mission to build a stronger and safer society. It’s a clever idea from Per Källgården (founder and CEO) who is from an IT background and lives in Sweden. His wife would call him on her way home from the train station at night because she felt if something happened to her no one would act on her cries for help. Per wanted to alleviate safety concerns for his wife, the community and society which is how this app was born.
Trygve Community Safety App in the UK
Trygve was launched in Sweden in March 2015 and is now used in 2000 communities. It’s been adopted by local police, community groups, neighbourhood watch and private users. Due to interest, the app launched here in the UK in July 2016 and is being taken up by Neighbourhood Watch Groups and Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs). If you’re not familiar with SNTs, they are local police working with people, communities and partners to help solve community problems such as anti-social behaviour (Metropolitan Police).
I was introduced to the app when our brilliant Brownswood (Hackney London) SNT set up a group on Trygve. They invited local people to join because we were experiencing anti-social behaviour. I can’t tell you the specifics but I will say that this app and the interaction with our local police has had very positive effects. It has resulted in arrests and helped people feel less alone when confronted with a problem. I myself feel safer knowing that neighbours are looking out for each other. The police have limited resources so it’s much more effective if you can work with your local SNT and pinpoint areas where anti-social behaviour is prevalent. Do remember though that Trygve doesn’t replace calling the police should you be faced with a situation. Call 101 for a non-emergency and 999 for an emergency. I find the app works well to record anti-social behaviour so other neighbours can avoid an area or add to reports, for example giving a good description of people involved or license plates.
I was so impressed with the app team because I’d contacted them about changing my email address. I’d first signed up via Facebook but then realised it was pulling through my blog email address rather than my personal one. Trygve responded immediately, sorted out my little problem and were just so lovely to deal with. Then as fate would have it, the SNT Dedicated Ward Officer who set up our group announced that the app makers were visiting him to gather feedback on the app. I asked if I could meet the people behind Trygve and I attended a mini brainstorm session. It’s great that they want to hear ideas and thoughts from people who are engaging with the app. This is another reason why I felt compelled to spread the word.
Trygve Community Safety App Features
A few of the app features include setting up a group so you can discuss relevant issues. Your group can be given an open, locked or private setting. You can pin events to the interactive map to tell other users about local information and give it a priority level. A great feature is the personal safety alarm which notifies friends or family if something happens to you on your way home. Ultimately, events and groups invite collaboration with other users so it’s a great way to solve problems in a supportive environment.
The Trygve app is free and available throughout the UK from the App Store and Google Play. Those without a smartphone can use the My Trygve Website version. If you want to find out more about the functions and how it works you can watch the Trygve English Tutorial. Another video shows How Trygve Can Be Used To Engage A Community. For more information go to the Trygve Website. Download it today, join a local group or start your own group. Be smart, be safe!
Author: Homegirl London. Thanks: My local Brownswood Hackney SNT and Sheona for her time and information. Photographs from Trygve and Homegirl London.