LSUPD reminds community about app that connects you directly with police

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There's an app available for everyone that can keep track of your every move, while also alerting police.

The LSU Shield mobile crime app isn't a new service though, it's been around since 2014.

Given last week's scare involving an alleged abduction and rape on sorority row, the LSU Police Department is using this moment to remind the community about an app that removes the middleman and connects a user directly with the police, fire department, and EMS.

Kevin Scott with LSUPD said, through geofencing, "The app will determine if you're off campus and dial 911 if you're in an emergency, and if you're on campus property, will dial LSU Police directly." That added feature makes the app accessible to everyone, not just LSU students and staff.

If you're walking alone and want added security, you can choose to use the so-called 'Safety Beacon.' Just input where you're going and how long it should take to get there and if you don't check-in by that set time, three emergency contacts will be notified.

"Give those folks a piece of mind and give the user a safety net. Someone knows where they are and what they're doing and allows them to be informed and concerned about the user's safety," Scott explained.

Another added layer to the personal safety app is the ability to report non-emergency situations. If you see anything suspicious and have anxiety about calling the cops, submit an 'I-Report.' You can even include a picture and chat in real time with a dispatcher.

"They can anonymously, secretly report those through the app to us, via text, and no one would be the wiser. We can respond and take action or be proactive in addressing some of those concerns," said Scott.

For more information on the LSU Shield app, click here.

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