Smartphone Apps to Keep You Safe

Did you know technology could help you improve your personal safety? There are many apps out there that could get you help quicker than calling a friend and quicker than calling 911. All you have to do is download one or more of them to your smartphone.

NBC 6 reporter Stephanie Bertini put some of those apps to the test with the help of some young women who regularly enjoy a night out, like most their age.

“It’s amazing. We love independence. It’s a way to keep ourselves safe,” said Yael Rozenman.

Everybody knows random attacks can’t be prevented but security experts say there are steps you can take to decrease your chances of becoming a victim.

"There are some very distinct advantages to using these apps,” said Ed Haynes, owner of Haynes Security Services.

Haynes spent years in law enforcement, and he knows just how dangerous some people can be.

The women we talked to said that they were not aware the apps existed but will use them now.

“If you have an iPhone with the ability to do so then why not,” said Sisi De Goytisolo.

There are so many apps out there, including Find Your Friends on your iPhone, which allows you to share your location with friends. Safetrek is another option, which allows you to call for help by pushing your screen.

Circle of Six, allows you to select a network of friends and family, and if you are in an uncomfortable situation you can contact them or send them your location with a few taps of the screen. Red Panic Button shares your location and communicates with your contacts quickly if needed.

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