GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If you’ve toured a college campus, you’re probably familiar with the blue safety stations peppered around the area.
New technology is making them obsolete as students at University of North Carolina Greensboro and other universities are using the “Live Safe” app to communicate with police.
“Having an app is the best way to go with our generation,” said UNCG Sophomore Krysta Byrd.
Students like Byrd can report tips with video, picture or even text messages to campus police if they feel unsafe.
“It happened to our friends, they were being followed by a group of about six guys and they ended up having to text the police off the live safe app, and the police came and took care of it all,” Byrd said.
Lt. Marcus Graves says they receive dozens of tips on the app every day. After a student was assaulted Wednesday night, police are encouraging all UNCG students to download the app. It even has a feature where you can keep track of someone’s walk across campus.
“They can request a friend or family member to 'follow them' to their dorm and once they get there they can end the walk,” said Lt. Graves.
And if the person stops their progress, the station can be notified and send a unit to respond.
“There's a couple of times I had to go through the woods and I had people track me to make sure I got to my dorm safe,” Byrd said.
So far the walk safe feature has been used 400 times since move in day at UNCG, and nearly 5,000 people have downloaded the app.