Walking alone is inevitable and no matter where you are or what time it is, it can be dangerous. Attacks can happen to anyone or anytime and that possibility is frightening. Fortunately, there are ways to limit this potential danger and it’s on what almost all of us constantly have, our smart phone. Here is a list of a few of the top safety apps for anyone that are all free.
Circle of 6
This app is unique and effective in its safety technique. It allows you to build a “circle of trust” with six of your most trusted individuals to quickly contact when something unfortunate may potentially occur. By allowing access to your contacts, your six individual’s information is automatically added and will send texts depending on what button you press. Once you have added people to your circle, they can be used for multiple types of contact. 1) “Come and get me. I need help getting home safely” with your location, 2) “call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption,” 3) “I need some advice on healthy relationships” and 4) a built-in hotline function for emergencies. This app even one the 2011 White House “Apps Against Abuse” Technology Challenge.
This app is possibly the simplest yet extremely effective solution to a potential attack. There is only one button and if pushed creates an extremely loud screaming noise from your phone. The woman’s scream is deafeningly loud and will surely call attention to whatever unfortunate situation you might be in. Just try not to accidently press the scream button when you don’t need it because you will get the attention that is needed.
This app works relatively similar to Circle of 6. By assigning your companions and adding their phone number to the app, your location on a walk alone will be sent on a live map to them. If your headphones get ripped out, phone falls, or you start running, the app will ask if you are OK. If you don’t respond within 15 seconds the app will notify your companions that something is potentially wrong. Your companions don’t even have to download the app because the notifications are sent to them via text.
Like Companion, bSafe allows you to add friends as guardians to track you via GPS. If you feel like you are in danger you can press the alert button that will sound a siren, turn on your flashlight and send a text message to all of your guardians. The message will include a map of your location and a video of what is currently happening. Your phone will also automatically call your primary guardian. This app really does set the standard for transferring information in case of an incident.