Campus safety app heads to spring break

Tech company founded by victim of crime at Virginia Tech using free smartphone technology to take on sexual assault and crime on college campuses.

campus-safety-appAlong with bikinis and beach towels, savvy college students may want to consider packing a smartphone safety app for Spring Break 2015, says a been-there founder of a campus safety tool.

LiveSafe, which specializes in mobile safety technology, is joining forces with It’s On Us, a sexual assault prevention campaign, to encourage Spring Breakers to keep track of their friends with SafeWalk. It’s a back-pocket buddy system that aims to help students get home safely.

A popular feature of the LiveSafe app used on campuses in 20 states, SafeWalk connects students through GPS technology for a safer night out, explains the company. When friends are apart, one student invites others to virtually accompany her as she walks alone from a beach, bar, hotel or party. While the friends follow her progress on a map, the walker can put the phone away or text within the app. If she runs into trouble, the friends alert police of her exact location. The walker can also tap a panic button within the app for instant contact with police.

(Next page: How your institution can become part of a larger campaign)