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New Emergency Apps Designed to Keep People Safe

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Companies are creating newer high tech tools designed to keep you safe should you run into trouble.

Annabelle Bradstreet says she and her roommates called police when it looked like someone was trying to break in.

"There was actually an incident like a month ago where there was somebody trying to get in."

Police quickly arrived, but she says sometimes you don't have a lot of time to react when you feel like there's a potential for danger, walking alone at night, jogging, or going on a blind date.

"I just try and stay calm and try to think about if something does happen, where am I going to run or what am I going to do," says student Caroline Gottlieb.

Apps like Circle of 6, OnWatch and bSafe are a way of alerting your friends or emergency responders quickly using your cell phone.

With Circle of 6, you can ask friends to pick you up because you need a safe ride home. It will send a map using GPS to show exactly where you are.

It's similar to one of the options in OnWatch, which will call 911 and send emails and texts to a list of friends you created, alerting them and sending them your GPS location. The app also lets you set a timer, and if you don't turn it off within that time limit, an alert is sent to your friends with your location.

bSafe has a similar feature but takes it a step further, if an alarm is triggered, the app can start recording video, and voices sent to a bSafe server that can be used as evidence.

Several of the apps also give you options for alarms you can have go off should you get yourself into trouble.

Madonna Layne works for the Cue Center for Missing Persons, her mother went missing decades ago. Since then, she says technology has come a long way in helping find missing people and helping people protect themselves.

"It could happen to anyone at any time and unfortunately our society shows us that every day, the number of missing persons is going up daily," she says. "If she had that kind of technology available to her then she could have summoned the help to avoid the situation that we're in now with her missing."

Those apps are available for I-phones and androids. While some of the services are free, there is a paid subscription for other features.


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