As the school year progresses, the number of UNCG students who download LiveSafe, the university’s new personal security mobile application, is steadily on the rise.
As of 4 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2,878 – nearly 15 percent – of UNCG students had downloaded the app since its launch in early August.
“We’re seeing a lot more tips come in,” said UNCG Police Chief James Herring.
So far the department has received 61 tips from drugs and alcohol to suspicious activity to maintenance issues.
“Some things are as simple as there is a light out,” Herring said, but added that other tips are much more relevant to crime prevention.
“We had one situation where there was a guy assaulting females on campus,” he said. “We got multiple tipsthat the guy was in the dining hall.”
Not only was the university’s police department able to quickly spread the word to students, but they were also able to quickly locate and apprehend the suspect.
When a tip does come in, it opens up a chat dialogue that shows where a tip is coming from and allows the dispatcher to interact with the person giving the tip. Tipsters can opt to remain anonymous and can include photos, audio and video with their tips.
LiveSafe’s Safewalk feature allows users to enable friends or family to track their route through GPS location monitoring as they walk on or off campus.
Herring said he hopes LiveSafe downloads and usage continue to rise. He pointed out that the app is beneficial for faculty and staff as well.
The UNCG LiveSate app is free, and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit UNCG’s LiveSafe website at livesafe.uncg/FAQ/.
Story by Jeanie Groh, University Relations
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Relations