Women safety has always been a critical issue in our country. The recent years has seen a rise in crime against women and hence it is has become imperative that women themselves should take some steps to be safe and secure and safety apps are the first step towards it. We live in a country where goddesses are worshipped but sadly our country ranks amongst the top 10 countries that are considered unsafe for women.
It is high time that we all should do something to try and change or improve the current situation. ‘God helps those who help themselves’ is an old saying and this is perfect time to put this into practice to create a safe environment for ourselves .A lot of tools and safety apps have been developed in the recent years that help ensure safety for women .Almost everyone carries a smartphone these days and if such safety apps can assist us in keeping ourselves safe and they are definitely worth a download.
Safetipin: Safetipin has been designed keeping in mind the concept of personal safety. This app includes all the vital features such as GPS tracking, emergency contact numbers, directions to safe locations etc. It has a unique feature where it also pins the safe areas together with their safety scores. It also enables the user to pin all the ‘unsafe ‘areas and help others. Safetipin is available in English as well as in Hindi, Bahasa and Spanish.
VithU: This is a real time interactive safety application for women by V Gumrah. You need to press the power button of your phone twice and the alert message and your contact location will be sent to the pre-set contacts. This app keeps on sending your location details to the contacts every 2 mins.
Nirbhaya: Essentially helping one to be fearless, Nirbhaya is another great safety application for women. It can be activated easily by pressing the button once. It directs messages along with location updates to predefined SMS contact groups, secured web portal & even your Facebook wall. The user can either shake the phone or use a simple click to send alert messages to their pre-set contacts. This app requires data plan and GPS. It also sends the users location every 2 hours or at a change of 300 meters
Go Suraksheit: This app gets you help in case of an emergency. There are 4 features in this app that let your friends and family know that you are in danger and need help. The moment you press the help button, these four things will follow:
- An SMS is sent to your 10 pre-set contacts in your phone. The message would contain your exact location on a map with a link to the same.
- Your Facebook status gets updated with the same information.
- It directs a call to the pre-set emergency number.
- A loud alarm starts playing on your phone to attract the attention of anyone who is near your location.
Ridesafe: Feel safe while travelling alone with this app. It is similar to google maps and easy to use. Just enter your destination and share your ride with any of your contacts for them to track your location. Another unique feature that is a boon to women travellers is that it detects route deviation. Your pre-set contacts and authorities are also informed about of the situation. This surely is a must- have app for all the women out there especially those who travel alone.
SOS: You don’t need to type in the phone unlock code to activate the app. Just keep shaking the phone a few times regularly and it works .It will send an alert along with your location to the pre-set emergency contact. This is a free Android App.
iGoSafely: A great app from an emergency situation. This app activates quickly just by shaking the phone or removing the headphones. Once activated, it sends alert messages to the pre-set contacts
Smart 24×7: A great security app which that is linked to the police. The panic button allows you to immediately place a call to the police. Alert calls can also be sent to the pre-set emergency contact. Your location detail is sent via SMS f GPRS is unavailable. The app also captures photos and records audio-video of the situation.
Eyewatch Women: This app not only sends an alert message, but also captures the audio-video of the surroundings instantly and sends them to the pre-set contacts. You do not require the GPRS to be activated in your phone for this app and it also has a safety confirmation feature .Just press the ‘I am Safe’ button and let your loved ones know that you are safe.
These safety apps would surely assist you in being safe and secure however you may also carry other tools like pepper sprays, small knives , Swiss knives or just basic red chilli or pepper powder to guard yourself from anyone who wants to harm you . Be Alert, Stay Strong ,Stay Safe !
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This was first published in May 2016