Walking alone at night can be dangerous, but with an app like Companion, you can use your smartphone to stay a little safer.
As someone who’s been mugged, I’m pretty wary about walking alone in even the safest neighborhoods at night. I’ll often stay on the phone with my mom or significant other, just so someone knows where I am in case something happens. Companion makes this easier by notifying a friend of your trek and updating them on it. Via the site:
All you have to do is enter your destination and select some contacts to be your Companion. They don’t even need the app installed. These Companions see a live map of your progress and get updates as you make it from Point A to Point B. If you start running, don’t make it to your destination on time, have your headphones yanked out or your phone falls to the ground, we will check in on you to make sure everything is okay. If you don’t respond in 15 seconds, we will automatically alert your Companions.
You can also report areas on your campus that make you uneasy. Simply tap the “I Feel Nervous” button and we’ll pass this information on to your campus police department. Don’t worry, everything is anonymous. They won’t respond with sirens or flashing lights, but they will work to make this area safer in the future.
What’s more, if you have an emergency, you can call 9-1-1 with two taps in the app. They’ll connect you with a dispatcher and automatically send your info. The app also estimates how long it will take you to get from Point A to Point B.
Sure, you can simply share your location, but I like that this is specifically designed for safety. If the app senses you’re in trouble, it will ask if you’re okay, and if you don’t respond, it will automatically alert your companion, so they don’t even have to keep watching your progress. Basically, it’s an all-in-one app for safety, and it lets you pay attention to your surroundings while you’re using it. Give it a try for yourself at the link below.
This article was written by Kristin Wong from Lifehacker and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.