#312 Public Safety Report App Public Safety
There is a strong "stop snitching" culture in Baltimore city (see https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-0510-stop-snitching-20190508-story.html) that has led to a lack of crime reporting and police cooperation among residents. This silence can Communities benefit from knowing when and where crimes occur, and criminals may be deterred when they realize they are being watched by people in the neighborhood. It can also be frightening for witnesses and victims to come forward publicly, which can prevent them from receiving community support, legal assistance, or protection from perpetrators.embolden criminals, leave communities vulnerable, and make witnesses afraid to share information about crime for fear of being targeted for snitching.
#277 Matchmaking Platform for Local Involvement Public Safety
There are many communities/initiatives in the city for connecting people that don't have the means for exposure beyond their community or that may have priorities that are higher than exposure, but there may be needs that other people can help meet outside of that group. How do we make the needs of the group transparent so that people with a giving spirit can help?
#263 Map Baltimore City Sewage Backup Data Public Safety
Baltimore's aging sewer system is a source of pollution and home destruction in the city. In fact, the city is currently under fire for failing to reimburse Baltimore citizens who have had sewage backups damage their basements (source: https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2019/09/25/amid-continued-basement-sewage-backups-baltimore-still-rejecting-most-requests-for-reimbursement/).
#264 Using Tech to Prevent Erroneous Water Bill Debt Health & Wellness
The Department of Public Works (DPW) BaltiMeter Billing program has erroneously charged Baltimoreans amounts as high as $81,000 for their water bills, when they really only owed several hundred dollars. This is often the result of a public water main breaking or leaking and a homeowner being charged for this problem. Sources: https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-1026-water-bill-issues-20171024-story.html
#266 Baltimore Police Accountability Portal Public Safety
Police violence is an enormous issue in Baltimore, and systemic racism and transmisogyny are two of the most dangerous and deeply rooted forms of bias that permeate our police force. But, like most police departments in the US, an insular culture and a lack of transparency can make it difficult to understand the true scope of the problem.