While it’s not a topic that we often want to think about, violent crimes and attacks happen every day throughout America. This month, Rocketeer LB Herbert shared her six years of martial arts experience by teaching a basic self-defense class at Bottle Rocket. LB helped prepare us in case a situation arises where we need to protect ourselves.
Since not everyone can attend a self-defense class, we thought we’d share some mobile apps (from other developers) that may help victims call for help and stay safe.
Even if you are just out for a walk or run, the free Watch Over Me app will make sure that someone knows where you are. The app leverages the GPS in the phone to track your location during a set period. If you don’t check in safely at the end of the timeframe, set emergency contacts are notified immediately. If you feel unsafe, shake your phone to trigger an alert along with turning on the phone’s camera to record what is happening.
A similar app is the free BSafe app, which enables you to set up a “social safety network.” Besides the location monitoring and check-in features, BSafe also provides the ability to tell individuals in your network where you are at that moment or sound a siren. You can also make a “fake call” to yourself, simulating a phone call from a selected contact – its even handy for getting yourself out of a bad date!
If you aren’t sure when you will be walking in an unsafe situation or can't remember to turn on a safety tracking app, the $1.99 app SafeTrek can be used in times when feeling unsafe. Opening the app and holding down on the safe button while walking, passively connects to the police. Once upon reaching safety, you then release the safe button and enter a 4-digit pin code. If releasing the safe button and not entering the pin code, the police are then notified of your location (from phone’s GPS), your name and that there is an emergency.
If you need to alert those around you that you need help, the free My Panic Alarm sounds an instant alarm. Whether it’s a potential illness or violence, just tap an icon to sound a loud alarm, flash bright colors and a “Please Help” message.
While out at night or in an unfamiliar territory, keep your mobile phone with these apps readily available and keep alert!comment