Duke is introducing a new mobile app called LiveSafe to put a powerful safety tool in the hands of the Duke community. The app, available as a free download from Apple and Android app stores, enables smartphone users to submit real-time tips to Duke Police, virtually “SafeWalk” friends and family while traveling, place emergency calls, and access important resources for support.
LiveSafe allows users to submit tips by text, photo, video and audio, about anything from assault to suspicious activity. Tips can also be submitted anonymously. Duke Police monitors tips 24/7 from its dispatch center and can engage in two-way chats with users for additional information.
LiveSafe uses GPS technology that enables individuals to invite others to “virtually escort” and monitor their location on a real-time map to ensure safe arrival at a destination. Location services must be enabled for the SafeWalk feature.
LiveSafe provides quick access to emergency calls for 911 and Duke Police, as well as the ability to send an emergency text message to Duke Police.
LiveSafe includes information and contacts for safety and security resources at Duke and the surrounding community. Resources include information about what to do in emergency situations, referral options for sexual harassment/assault, and contacts for student and employee health resources.
Students can find more information, including instructions on how to download the free app, on the DukeALERT website: http://emergency.duke.edu/notified/livesafe.