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LiveSafe App lets students contact police

By Joe Atmonavage

K-State students can now use their smartphone to keep themselves and the community safer.

LiveSafe, introduced this spring, is a free app students can download through iTunes or Google Play that allows them to report crimes, be notified of crimes and make walking home safer.

“It is an interactive safety app that allows the community to communicate directly with our dispatch center,” said Donald Stubbings, a major at the K-State Police Department.

Students can communicate back and forth with the dispatch center anonymously with text or photo messages to report crimes. Stubbings said technology has given students more options to help stay safe while also having necessary information at the click of a button.

“Technology has added another layer of safety to our community,” he said. The app also a drop-down tab that gives information and important numbers for safety for the community, he said.

The app also has feature called SafeWalk that allows students or parents to virtually track their friends to make sure they get from one place to another safely.

Another map feature allows students to see where others have reported crime or other incidents.

Another feature allows students to call SafeRide, a university service that gives students a lift to help them avoid drunken driving and other threatening situations, according to the university. Stubbings said he hopes incoming and current students will take advantage of the app and other services offered to the K-State community.

“Use all the safety features we offer that we offer here at Kansas State University, like the LiveSafe app and Wildcat Walk,” he said.

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