New app lets you know where sex crimes have happened before
This new app, called Mimamotchi, tells you when you’re about to enter an area where a sex crime has been committed. (Picture: Apple iTunes)

You’re heading home from a night out and you’re faced with a shortcut route down an alley.

It looks a little dodgy – do you take it?

Well this new app, though it may not guarantee safety, works to give you peace of mind.

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Essentially, it will warn you that you’re entering an area where a sex crime has been committed.

The app, called ‘Mimamotchi’, uses GPS to track a user’s locations and then automatically sends information when users enter areas were sex crimes have been logged.

Its aim is to protect young women and children from sexual predators.

(picture: Apple iTunes)
The app is currently only available in Japan (Picture: Apple iTunes)

The app is currently available for free across Apple and Android but only covers the Fukuoka area in Japan.

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Nevertheless, it has received positive reviews on the Google Play store. 

One person wrote: ‘It’s a wonderful app. All women in Fukuoka should download it.’

Another wrote: ‘I’ve been waiting for an app like this.’

Masako Tsuru, a police inspector who helped develop the app, said: ‘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.

Tsuru added that officers had also worked with high school and university students to seek ideas for the app.

There were 435 cases of sexual offences in Fukuoka Prefecture last year, the sixth highest level nationwide, according to the Nikkei.