We all long to feel safe, whether we’re on vacation with a group of friends or making the solo trek to the bus stop after work. Fortunately, there are app developers who have taken this concern to heart by creating emergency apps for those times when we need a little something to help us feel safer. Listed below are some choices that are currently available, and they’re not only great for emergency situations, but they’re also free.
- Kitestring: This handy app is an SMS-based security app, so you don’t have to own a smartphone to use it, which is a good thing for people who can’t afford an expensive data plan. To use it, all you have to do is sign up online and then customize the options to suit you. Once you have gotten safely to your destination, you reply to an SMS that will in turn notify Kitestring. If you fail to answer, the service will alert the authorities you provided on your membership questionnaire. There is a premium option, known as Kitestring Plus, which allows you to set a certain check-in time before your chosen contacts are notified. Unfortunately, GPS isn’t included with either option, so there isn’t a way to get your coordinates to the authorities unless you customize the provided text message relaying where and when you should be departing and arriving.
- BSafe: If you own a smartphone, then you will love bSafe. This app is available in iOS and Android platforms, and it has such clever features as sounding an alarm in an emergency, transmitting video and audio feeds, and even providing a phony phone call when there is a potentially harmful situation you need to get out of. This app does require you to select people who are referred to as “guardians”. These people will need to install the app also, so they can be notified on your behalf if and when an emergency situation presents itself.
- ADT Monitoring Canopy App: This app can by synced with your ADT monitoring service, but there are also several free options that anyone can use. With these features you can easily contact 911 with the press of a button or sound an alarm to let people in the vicinity know you’re in trouble. Users can also purchase Chaperone, an in-app feature that enables you to contact a live-response representative for help when you need it most.
Being extra cautious never hurt anyone so consider installing one of these apps to help you feel safe in any situation.