App may be realtors’ worst nightmare

A new iPhone and Android app tells users how many of their neighbors have an Anti-Social Behaviour Order, commonly known as a ASBO. It is a civil order made against a person who has been shown, on the balance of evidence, to have engaged in anti-social behavior in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland

The software searches for information about thugs and public nuisances from government databases before beaming it to your mobile.

Understandably, it has been called “the estate agent’s worst nightmare”. Why? Because anything that can tip off would-be house buyers about nasty neighborhoods would amount to a significant thorn in their collective side.

Tech writer Drew Cullen said:

It’s the quickest way to find out how chavvy your town is.

According to Wikipedia, Chav or chavvy is a term applied to certain young people in the United Kingdom. The stereotypical “chav”–known also as a charver in Yorkshire and North East England–is an aggressive teenager, typically unemployed or of white working class background, who repeatedly engages in anti-social behavior.

The Asborometer app, which works based on postcodes, is free to download for both the iPhone and Android-based phones.

Creator Jeff Gilfelt, 31, said:

Although its name is fun, it has a serious message.

[The Sun, UK]

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