FearSquare is a site which connects your Foursquare checkin history to the Police UK crime database to get an accurate picture of crime levels in your daily life. It was constructed by LiSC as a critical application that shows a more honest view of crime statistics. Most uses of crime stats have negative implications (avoid this area, etc) and we wanted to create a more provocative and reflective application (hence the scary theme).


There are high score tables on the site that show the most “dangerous” places in the UK, and users are challenged to gain more points by visiting real world locations that have high levels of crime. By visiting these locations the users are forced to reflect on the meaning of crime statistics and challenge preconceptions about areas they may normally avoid.



Andy Garbett, Conor Linehan, Ben Kirman, Jamie Wardman and Shaun Lawson (2012) How dangerous is your life? Personalising Government open crime data. In: ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems 2012, 5 – 10 May, 2012, Austin, Texas. (pdf)

Andrew Garbett, Conor Linehan, Ben Kirman, Jamie Wardman and Shaun Lawson (2011) Using Social Media to Drive Public Engagement with Open Data. in proceedings of Digital Engagement Conference 2011 (pdf)