No one person can be a hundred percent sure of the future. Accidents happen to 1% of the entire USA population while 1 out of 300 people are victims of crimes. The statistical data isn’t very alarming or significant but if it happens to you, you wouldn’t think lightly of it. Accidents and crime can lead to injury, trauma, or fatalities.
This is the reason why personal safety is very important. If we leverage the widespread adoption of mobile phones, there may be a chance to decrease the statistics and make life safer for everyone.
Here are 7 best personal safety apps for Android and iOS:
bSafe is one of the best personal safety app for both Android and iOS. It asks you to add people from your contact list as your “Guardians” where you need to have at least one contact that can be reached via phone, text message or a combination of the two.
This app lets you activate the SOS button by your voice even if your phone is in your pocket, purse, or jacket. It sends an audio alarm to your guardians and sends out your location. All active guardians will be triggered when you hit that alarm. It also features automatic audio, video recording, and live streaming.
When you subscribe to this app, your family or friends can track you via the GPS tracker.
2. Family Locator – GPS Tracker
Family Locator is one of the easiest ways to stay connected to the people closest to you. You can create your own group with your family or friends called your “circle.” The app’s features also let you chat with them on a regular basis.
Family Locator – GPS Tracker allows you to view the real-time activities of your circle members to know their safety even when they are far from you. You can receive real-time alerts whenever your circle members arrive or leave a location.
The app can also tell the location of your stolen or lost phones.
3. React Mobile – Safety App
This app turns your phone into a powerful safety device. It allows you to send silent SOS messages to a preselected group of contacts, send group alerts, or let your family and friends virtually walk you home.
There are three constant buttons in the app that no matter what part of it you’re on you can always tap it. The Settings button allows you to turn on posting on Facebook or Twitter and change your country code, the Alert button displays all active alerts you have while the Follow Me button is the catch, you don’t need a subscription to have this activated.
Set it to 30 minutes, an hour or any duration you want and let your family and friends follow you virtually real-time.
The React Mobile app also has the React Mobile Shield feature in the center which sends an SOS alert through text, email, or twitter including your GPS coordinates and even offers you to call 911.
4. Circle of 6
The Circle of 6 app is a platform for you to quickly communicate your safety needs with six trusted individuals.
This app doesn’t store your sensitive information so you can be sure of your security.
All you have to do is add up to 6 trusted people from your contacts to join your circle. You can send them a text with your GPS coordinates whenever you don’t feel safe or you’re in trouble using the Pin icon.
There’s also the Phone icon that sends a text to your circle saying “Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption.” There’s the chat icon for you to send a text to your circle whenever you need to talk to someone.
Aside from having your contacts as hotlines, the app also lets you have direct access to national hotlines and specialized services of your choice based on your personal priorities. If you browse further, there are also helpful links that give direct access to information about sexuality, relationships, and safety.
5. Chilla: Personal Safety App with Scream Detection
This Chilla app is the first app developed that can detect a woman’s scream. It removes the hassle of unlocking your phone so it the app is triggered by a scream. It activates even when your phone is inside your pocket, purse, or jacket.
The app sends a text message, an email with an audio recording, and your location to your contacts or guardian. It will also automatically place a call to your pre-selected guardian.
Chilla is suitable for dangerous scenarios and emergency situations like allergy attacks or heart attacks.
This app is exclusively available through the Google Play Store.
6. LifeLine Response
This personal security app features GPS that uses Cell Tower triangulation to provide you emergency responders at your exact location.
It comes with a 14-day free trial to allow you to test drive the LifeLine Response experience. If you want to subscribe to their services, you may opt to have a monthly or annual subscription.
LifeLine Response is available for both Android and iOS.
7. Red Panic Button
The Red Panic Button app allows you to pre-set a panic number, email address, and phone number to which the app sends a message containing your address or location determined using the GPS based or coarse GSM based coordinates, if and when there is trouble.
It’s a retina display ready app with compatibility with TalkBack accessibility service.
This app is available via the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store.
When it comes to safety, it’s best to think ahead. It wouldn’t hurt to take a few extra steps in order to prevent accidents or crimes. If you have a lot of people you hold dear in your life, you can suggest the following apps to them.
Those apps are light and don’t take up a lot of space so it should just sit comfortably on your phone.
Another perspective to consider is if you’re a parent or provide for the family, it could be a good idea to have a backup plan for danger and safety because danger may be just around the corner. If something were to happen to you, your loved ones may be left in a vulnerable position.
Consider trying some of the apps listed above. You’ll find the right one for you and your loved ones. Make sure to have the app working every time you’re using them, pay for fees if there are any. You don’t want the trial period running out when you need the app to work. You could also make sure to download a perpetually free app.
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