As of Nov. 14, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has officially released its new mobile app for students as a replacement to the blue safety phones located around campus. The app, called LiveSafe, is available to both Android and iPhone users and is free to download.
"I usually have my phone with me." Allison Sarbaum, a sophomore health and human sciences major, said. "I would feel safer with the app, rather than searching for an emergency phone."
DPS has been working with app since last year when it was revealed that the blue safety phones would be expensive to fix, as they are all on outdated analog lines. According to the Assistant Chief of Public Safety Devra Schwartz, the phones have only been used once in the past decade by a student who wanted "to see what would happen."
"Looking at that data and the cost, we paused and asked, 'Is this still the right technology today for safety?'" Schwartz said. "That technology was put in before people had cell phones."
The LiveSafe features are designed to make it easier for students to report incidents on campus without having to find a blue safety phone or make their way to the Public Safety Office. The features found on the homepage of the app are as follows:
Report (blue shield): Allows students to report incidents through text by adding picture, video or audio files with the option of anonymity. The possible incidents include theft, disturbance, harassment and concerning behavior.
Emergency options (red phone): Guides students to call 911, LMU Public Safety or text LMU public safety, as well as share the student's location with Public Safety so they can be located quicker.
Safety Map (blue pin): Shows the location of buildings, the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED), safe refuge areas in case of natural disaster, student psychological services, human resources, disability support services, campus ministry, the OneCard office and the DPS offices. Icons will also show up if there has been a report filed in that area, such as theft.
Resources (yellow "i"): Provides students with a list of DPS resources, such as emergency tips, important phone numbers, sexual misconduct resources and an option to request a Public Safety Escort.
SafeWalk (walking figure): Allows students to pair with other students' phones to ensure the safety of the student. The app will allow you to watch the other person walk to their destination or invite someone to watch you walk to yours. The app pairs with Google Maps and will alert you if your friend is taking too long to reach their destination.
Speakerphone icon: Public Safety announcements will be displayed for students.
DPS will continue to promote the app for students, staff and faculty members to take advantage of.