Admit it, there are certain places we’d much rather not be on our own late at night, given the choice you’d feel safer knowing someone was watching over you. Growing up there were no such things as personal safety apps which would have meant a lot less sleepless nights for my Mum and many other parents.
Instead you’d wave your friend off and go your separate ways home after a night out, with the promise of ringing once and hanging up to let them know you’d made it back safe. My Mum did instill some personal safety advice in me which I still remember…keep your keys in your hand to use a self-defense weapon, stay on the well-lit areas, check behind you to make sure no one is following you and carry your rape alarm, which I’m sorry to say Mum I didn’t that often as it just wouldn’t fit in my going out handbags nor was it a must have clubbing accessory.
Today the majority of us carry a mobile device and with the power of GPS we’re never really alone. Having a personal safety app installed on your mobile gives you and your loved ones peace of mind that you are safe, even if you never use it. Unfortunately personal safety apps aren’t designed to stop you from being attacked or involved in an incident but they can provide you with the tools to alert your friends and family and to get help faster when they do happen.
Below is what I consider some of the top personal safety apps currently on the market and best of all they are free. So why not download them all and test drive them to see which works best for you and makes you feel safer.
Top Personal Safety Apps
No Circle of 6 is not some new witchcraft based tv series, it’s one of the great personal safety apps available and uses your mobile to help you find your friends. You choose up to 6 trusted friends to create your circle and the app will ping those in your circle with a text for help and the location you are at. So whether you’ve broken down, become split up from your friends on a night out, you’re walking home and you feel threatened and in danger or even having a bad date and need rescuing, your circle will be alerted.
As one of the popular personal safety apps around bSafe has many features to make you feel safe. Initially you set up a ‘safety network’ of friends and family, in doing so you can let your network know where you are and the ‘Follow Me’ features allows them to track your movements. Another great feature of this app is the ‘SOS’ button which immediately sounds an alarm and alerts your network that you need help, your GPS location and also lets them know what’s happening via A 10 second video.
Unlike other personal safety apps Bugle sends notifications when you don’t arrive somewhere. A text and email is sent to your emergency contacts to tell them that you haven’t made it to somewhere you are expected to be and nice them all the details that they need to look for you. For example you went for a jog or walked the dog and perhaps you fell over and are lying injured and didn’t make it home afterwards.
Kitestring is a personal safety app that checks up on you to ensure you’re safely home. You sign up for a free account with them and tell Kitestring the emergency contact numbers you have chosen. If you’re feeling unsafe you can arrange for Kitestring to check up on you later to see if you’re ok. If you don’t reply by text or check in on the website Kitestring will alert your emergency contact numbers that something might be a miss. You can check in early or even extend the time for example, you couldn’t resist stopping off via the chip shop for a cheeky cone of chips on your walk back from the pub.