The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that an estimated 20-25% of college age Women across the USA were either raped or sexually assaulted during the time they were in college. In addition, a disturbing fact is that most of the victims of sexual assault are familiar with the perpetrators in over 85% of the cases reported. It is an undeniable fact that in recent years there have been a high incidence of sexual assaults that have been reported. The actual count is even higher if we consider the attacks that go un-reported.
In an effort to control this sad reality, mobile app developers have developed a mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) called OnGuardHelp that allow its users to send an alert to family, friends and local first responders like campus police, with just a single tap on the screen of their Smartphone. It works with GPS technology. Therefore, it becomes easy to track the location of the user in distress, based on real time GPS.
The OnGuardHelp app can transform the traditional blue light system into a modern safety system that covers not only the inner campus area, but also ensures the safety of students off campus as well. Students can download this app on their Smartphone and input the college security numbers under the “Contact 1” or “Contact 2” options. Whenever a student is in danger, one tap on the screen of their Smartphone is enough to send an alert to campus police along with details of their current location based on the real time GPS.
OnGuardHelp app can be downloaded from Google Play as well as Apple’s App Store beginning September 20, 2014. After successfully downloading the app, a user can access “Contact 1” icon that is covered under the Bronze plan without paying any cost for it. In order to access, the other emergency features, a user needs to subscribe to the Silver or Gold Plans that cost only pennies per day. When seconds count, count on OnGuardHelp for your personal safety.