Safety is an important issue for everyone, but especially for women. It's 2015, but lone females are still as susceptible as ever to falling victim of violent crime, robbery, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence... the shameful list goes on.
Luckily, there are more tools than ever on the market to help women protect themselves from potential assailants. Technology is far more sophisticated than any old can of pepper spray or brick in your purse.
Us gals can watch out for each other much better now that we’re all walking around with GPS devices in our pockets, with smartphones capable of firing off an SMS, video, alert, or alarm at any given moment.
So whether you’re going on a Tinder date, on your evening run, to a late night movie, or taking a cab you've got a dodgy feeling about, make sure you take at least one of these 7 Personal Safety Apps with you - if only to put your mind at ease.
This is Personal Safety 101. If you suspect that someone one is following you, then you have to do everything you can to get away and attract attention - as loudly and persistently as you can. My Panic Alarm launches a ballsy and brash siren in just one tap, complete with flashing lights that are sure to alert any passerby to your plight - and frighten your attacker away.
Call Friends And Family For Help: Watch Over Me - The Safety App
Watch Over Me is an ingenious way to stay safe when you're off somewhere alone. Tell the app how long you want to be "watched over" for, and it'll keep tabs on you via GPS throughout your journey. Once you arrive at your destination, tap in to tell it you're there safe and sound. If you don't arrive safe, or have an emergency on the way, the app immediately sends off a message with your location to your designated list of emergency contacts via SMS, email, or even Facebook.
The innovative Guardly app promises to keep you safe by connecting you in one tap with your safety net of up to 15 contacts via conference call or instant message. It can even call the police when you're in a real pickle. The app can also connect college students with campus security, utilizing revolutionary IPS technology to track your real-time indoor location.
Let Mom Know You're Safe: StaySafe Personal Safety
As with Watch Over Me, StaySafe is centered on a timer which sets off an automatic alert to your contacts if you don't check in once the time you set is up. If an attacker puts pressure on you, there's a "duress pin" feature which will make your assailant believe you've ended your session, but will instead trigger an emergency message to your contacts.
Wave is a completely free way to locate your friends and family (and for them to locate you), in real-time and totally in private, for up to 10 people at a time. It’s not just your standard messaging app with the option to "send location." Rather, Wave lets you view a contact and request to see their location for as long as you wish. When they accept, it generates a live, private map for you to track each other’s movements in real-time.
With bSafe, your network of "Guardians" can follow you home via GPS tracking and is alerted to any untoward happenings. Tap the app's alarm in an emergency, and your peeps will get an alert with your exact location. The app will start to record audio and video from your phone in case you want to present it to the police later. You can even set up a fake incoming call to make your stalker back the heck off. Oh, and by the way - it's FREE!
Stay Safe At College: OnWatchOnCampus Safety First
One in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, and OnWatchOnCampus Safety First is especially designed for keeping female students safe on campus. Six customizable alert modes allow you to alert your friends, your campus police, or your local 911 call center with a pre-composed message and your GPS location.