By Thursday, August 27 at 5 p.m., UNCG’s new LiveSafe personal security app had been downloaded 2365 times since the app was launched in early August. The LiveSafe app, designed for UNCG students, faculty and staff, is available for free from the Apple App Store and from Google Play. By last Monday morning LiveSafe downloads had reached 2228 and that number continues to rise as the school year gets underway.

The UNCG police department is actively promoting the app to campus. In fact, the department sponsored a dunking booth at the Rawkin’ Welcome Week carnival last week to encourage students to download LiveSafe and use it. While the dunking booth was a fun take on a serious issue, the police do stress the importance of the safety app in promoting campus safety.

Students are using the app to report various kinds of information including a streetlight not working near Spartan Village, blue lights being out-of-order on emergency phones, and even to report suspected questionable activity on and around campus. The app allows students to submit tips via text, audio and video attachments. Students download and use the app for different reasons.

John Carter, Jr., a freshman from Durham, finds it rewarding to know his female friends reach their destinations safely.

“I downloaded the app because I have a lot of female friends and I want to make sure they’re all safe if I’m not in a position to walk them to their dorms,” said Carter. “I’ve had the app ever since the chancellor gave his address. As soon as they told us to download it, I downloaded it.”

The Safewalk feature is the most popular reason students are using the app. With Safewalk, students, faculty and staff can enable friends or family to track them as they walk on or off campus, through GPS location monitoring.

“I’ve used the app once, and it’s pretty straightforward,” said senior Angelica Knight from Greenville. “I was walking from my room to my boyfriend’s room and he watched to make sure I was safe.”

For more information, visit the UNCG LiveSafe website at livesafe.uncg.edu/FAQ/. It only takes a minute to download the free LiveSafe app from the Apple App Store and from Google Play.

 

Story by Natasha Williams, University Relations
Photography by Natasha Williams and Martin W. Kane, University Relations