Eastern Implements New Public Safety App

Rebekah Brancato   News Editor

As of March 19, Eastern has implemented a new public safety app called LiveSafe. The app offers free and quick communication with the campus’s public safety.

The app features a safety map that display where recent incidents have occurred, as well as a GPS monitoring feature called SafeWalk which can display your location to friends and family if you feel unsafe. The safety map also shows marked safety locations. Additionally, LiveSafe offers the ability for students to share information such as pictures and videos with campus safety via messaging and live chat. The app offers specific abilities to report suspicious activity, notify the university of troubled staff or students, and send non-emergency tips to the university police department. Additionally, the app provides information such as emergency procedures and phone numbers to campus resources.

While sending user information and your location when contacting Eastern Police via the app allows faster response time, information can also be sent anonymously. The user is in control of what information is sent.

The app does have a 911 feature, although public safety strongly recommends using normal 911 telephone communication when in an emergency situation. According to the Public Safety department, the LiveSafe app should function “as a new channel to report non-emergency information, safety information and crimes to the Eastern Police Department and some other campus departments when appropriate.”

The app can be downloaded for iPhone or Android, and is registered using your mobile phone number and Eastern email. It is available to all Eastern students, faculty, and staff.

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