Smartphone App Aims to Increase Campus Safety

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.-- A smartphone app called aims to increase campus safety. The " Blue Light" is now available at James Madison University.

The free app allows students to let campus police know about an emergency. After students sign up, they can pick emergency contacts and choose their school. After, they can get a hold of campus safety or their contacts with one click.

JMU students already have emergency contacts in the back of their student I.D. or JAC card. However, student Ben Fuller said the app will be useful.

"Students are more likely to have their phone than their student I.D. when they are out partying so clicking that one button is going to get the police there much quicker than pulling out their JAC card," said Fuller.

However, he said he knows students that have used the information in the back of the student I.D. The app shares the GPS location with your contacts or campus dispatcher when you use it.


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