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Personal Safety Apps that Send for Help

posted by Christina DesMarais on January 17, 2012 in Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, Android Apps, BlackBerry Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Guides & Reviews :: 10 comments

GPS-enabled devices have ushered in an era when we expect our smartphones and tablets to not only tell us how to navigate to a vacation spot, but use our current location to suggest restaurants and let us “check-in” to places using apps like Foursquare or Facebook so our friends can see in real time what we’re doing.

But location-based features aren’t just for fun; they can be used for safety, as well.

If you’re concerned that someone you care about could be in danger, or if you worry about safety yourself, here are a handful of apps that can help.

 

bSafebSafe

This free app lets users select personal Guardians, the people who will be notified when help is needed. All users’ guardians are alerted with an emergency SOS message that includes the sender’s location, while a direct call is placed to one specified contact. The bSafe app, which works on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones, also offers a premium service for $2 a month or $15 a year and adds Risk and Timer modes that allow guardians to track a phone’s location in real time and trip an alarm if a user doesn’t log out within a specific time period.

 

StreetSafeStreetSafe

Unlike other safety apps that alert friends or family who may not be able to help in the event of an emergency, this iPhone app features a silent alarm that, when triggered, dispatches emergency help to your exact location. If you are feeling uneasy and want someone to stay on the phone with you until you arrive safely at your destination, you can also activate StreetSafe’s Walk With Me feature, which connects you with a trained Safety Advisor who will recommend the best course of action and alert the police if your situation escalates or you need immediate help. While the app is free in iTunes, the StreetSafe service is $20 a month, $45 a quarter or $150 a year.

 

MyForceMyForce

Before using this one you need to complete an online profile that includes your photo and any medical issues you may have. Then when MyForce receives an alert from you, it dispatches the nearest emergency responders and transmits to them your profile information. MyForce also records audio coming from your phone and reports any updates or movement to the authorities. If you accidently send an alert the monitoring team will call you to make sure you’re not in danger and request a safe word. If you can’t provide your safe word, they take it as a sign of trouble and send help. MyForce is available for iPhone, Android or BlackBerry smartphones, and costs $12 per month or $119 a year.

 

SecuraFoneSecuraFone

This free iPhone and Android app provides free GPS tracking and monitoring that can be helpful when dealing with children, aging parents or employees. Once the app is downloaded to a phone, the SecuraFone account creator can log in to locate any phone registered to the account. The account holder also has the option to receive text message location alerts that are triggered and sent when a user enters or exits a pre-determined area. It also can be set up to send speed alerts to parents when a young driver is traveling faster than a predetermined speed limit. It also lets you disable the ability to send text messages or emails on Android phones. 

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CPR

From Heather on January 18, 2012 :: 12:03 pm

Which first aid/CPR app do you recommend?

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Streetsafe keeps me safe

From Angela on January 18, 2012 :: 4:14 pm

I use Streetsafe on Android and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the all supervisors and some of the operators are off-duty police officers.

The person who was on the phone with me had been with the police department for over 8 years and clearly knew what she was doing.

The text messages on the free apps are fine but if you find yourself in need of help, nothing give me more peace of mind than being tracked by a trained officer

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Of all the apps listed

From Kyle on January 18, 2012 :: 4:21 pm

Streetsafe intrigues me the most.  I prefer the idea of talking to a live person in case of an emergency, rather than relying on my phone to get everything right.

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MyFlare

From Barry on January 19, 2012 :: 12:17 am

There’s undoubtedly a tremendous need for these types of apps, and these apps definitely are on the right track. However, each offers only a slice of the functionality and additional—and personal—layer of support that MyFlare provides its users. MyFlare is not just an app, it’s the most innovative mobile emergency response system available. I encourage you to explore MyFlareApplication.com and see for yourself.

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Live person

From Angela on January 19, 2012 :: 6:39 pm

Agreed Kyle. My girlfriend just got streetsafe and she also has one of those texting apps. She was so scared to use it coz she would either upset her mom or scare the heck out of her if she was out at night.

Having a live person who can do something is huge.

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PulsePoint App

From PulsePoint on April 19, 2012 :: 10:12 pm

The PulsePoint app empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance by crowd-sourcing Good Samaritans. See http://pulsepoint.org/app

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Looking for a FREE new security app - Guard My Angel

From Amir on April 30, 2012 :: 3:47 am

You may want to check out ‘Guard My Angel’
short intro video: http://youtu.be/oq-iCdrMFrg
more recent features like auto car accidents detection updated regularly on fb.com/guardmyangel

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Looking for a new FREE personal safety app - SOSiality

From Raf on July 09, 2012 :: 10:55 am

Christina,
take SOSiality (http://tinyurl.com/d5hn5pm).
Protect you with it!!!

Cheers,
R

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Virtual Community Watch

From Bek on August 20, 2012 :: 2:17 pm

Safety is important. Take a moment to download http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thats-suspicious-behavior/id490026152?mt=8. It is a virtual community watch and its FREE.
Help others in your neighborhood and community. Be Proactive.

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The 1st personal safety app for blind and Visually impaired

From Amir on September 12, 2012 :: 12:58 am

Guard My Angel was adapted to visually impaired people
http://www.prlog.org/11967532
Go get it from (http://www.guardmyangel.com)

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