Introduction: What is LiveSafe?
- LiveSafe is a free personal safety mobile application for students, parents, and the community to engage in two-way conversation with Campus Safety
- Allows users direct access to Campus Safety and 911 emergency services
- Creates greater situational awareness and safety preparedness
- Simple and immediate step each individual can take to make themselves and their community safer
LiveSafe Goals: A Mobile Solution to Increase Overall Safety
- To increase campus safety and student awareness of security issues
- To promote information sharing and greater engagement between law enforcement and citizens
- To be a preventative measure and stop crimes before they occur
Main Features of LiveSafe App
- Report Information: Submit crime tips and safety information discreetly to Campus Safety, with the option to include a picture or audio evidence.
- Contact Campus Safety: Live-chat with Campus Safety to answer additional questions for crime reports, dial 911 or the nearest police agency to receive immediate assistance.
- Notify Emergency Contacts: Alert personal emergency contacts in times of distress, with a link to your accurate GPS location.
- Safety Map: View and engage in a Social Safety Map, with directions to nearest safety locations and information on latest crime in the community.
Statistics and Facts on Benefits of Leveraging Mobile Technology
Research shows that the rate of smartphone use and adoption has significantly increased throughout the United States, but it’s especially high among 18-25 year olds.
Leveraging mobile technology and apps is an innovative approach to engage students and communicate with them on the medium the find most comfortable, convenient and efficient. Here are helpful statistics:
- 79% of adults (aged 18-25) own a smartphone (2013 Pew Research Center study).
- 42% of teenagers say the primary reason they have a cell phone is for texting. Safety was second at 35% (Nielsen Study 2010).
- 27% of all photos taken by consumers are taken by a smartphone camera.
- 17% of young people who have attended college are on Twitter (Pew Research).
- 80% of the time people spend on their mobile devices is dedicated to apps and 20% is spent inside a browser.
- Incoming and current students, graduate students, faculty members, staff and the community
- Parents and visitors to the campus will also benefit by receiving timely notifications, local maps and special event info
Guidelines for Sharing Emergency & Non-Emergency Information
- Any suspicious and potentially threatening information
- General safety concerns or questions for Campus Safety and/or police department
- A good motto to follow is “See something – say something”
- More information is always better, sending in a report does not instigate a crime report to be started, as Campus Safety and/or police will always verify the information first
Recommendations in Using LiveSafe to Contact 911
It is advantageous to dial 911 through the LiveSafe application for the following reasons:
- Currently, unless calling from a landline campus telephone, the 911 dispatchers do not know the location of a caller using a mobile phone.
- When users contact Campus Safety using the “Campus Safety” feature, the officers will know the caller’s exact location, their contact information, as well as their emergency contacts.
- In cases where the caller is in a situation where they can’t speak or don’t want to be heard, Campus Safety will be monitoring the location from the second the call is placed, ensuring they will still be able to locate the person quickly and respond appropriately.
- LiveSafe turns a smartphone into a mobile “blue light” directly in the pocket.