An estimated 2,015 UNCG students, faculty and staff have downloaded and are now using the new UNCG LiveSafe personal security app according to the UNCG police department. That’s up from 1,061 within the past week. The LiveSafe app is available for free from the Apple App Store and from Google Play.

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.

But by far the app is being used most for its interactive tool called Safewalk. 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. One particular story about SafeWalk is especially noteworthy. A female international student asked her parents to download the app so they could monitor her walks around campus – all the way from Israel!

Parents and students have reported that they feel safer knowing they can elect to use the personal security app.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to download the LiveSafe app. While the app is intuitive, the UNCG police are giving tutorials on the app as the school year begins.

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 Joe Gallehugh, contributor
Photography by Martin W. Kane, UNCG University Relations