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Illustrating a safe route analysis in Khayelitsha, South Africa

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posted on 2024-01-11, 08:38 authored by Kayla TheronKayla Theron

This dataset presents the way crime occur in Khayelitsha, a township located near Cape Town in South Africa. Residents in Khayelitsha constantly walk to get around the township, this practice place them at increased risk of victimisation during their commute. To address this, three methods were proposed to determine the safest walking routes between two points in Khayelitsha. Method 1 used historical crime incidents to identify high crime streets, Method 2 used the location of ‘risky facilities’ to determine risk while Method 3 used both historical crime and ‘risky facilities’ to evaluate risk along a route. Each of these aspects impact the resultant ‘safest’ walking route in Khayelitsha and as a result it is encouraged that these methods be included in mobile navigation applications so that residents in Khayelitsha can be advised on the safest walking routes.

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Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology

Sustainable Development Goals

  • 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions