There’s A Push For A New Safety App For All Of University City

CHARLOTTE, NC. — WCCB Charlotte has learned there’s a push for a new safety app for all of University City. It would be similar to the one that helped police make arrests after someone robbed and assaulted a UNC Charlotte student on campus.

It only took one word:  “Help.”

The message sent to UNC Charlotte Campus Police through the Live Safe App. Police say the person who sent it witnessed a student being assaulted and robbed behind the Atkins Library around 3:30 Tuesday morning. Campus police were able to get there in just about a minute. That’s when they arrested two guys. Both not affiliated with the university.

“It was super like kind of scary because I’m in the library really late all the time,” says UNC Charlotte Junior Jenna Jenkins.

UNC Charlotte has had the app since June 2015. You can send live text messages to a dispatcher, call a campus dispatcher or 911 and safe walk. That’s where a dispatcher can follow your walk to your destination to make sure you get there safely.

Darlene Heater with University City Partners says she’s working with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to get the app or something similar for the entire University City area.

“We realized the value of being able to use technology to create quicker, easier communications to share information in sometimes maybe life-threatening situations,” says Heather.

Heater says they’re hoping to roll out a pilot of the app in the next six months.

 

17 other schools in the Carolinas use the app.

They include:

-UNC Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Pembroke campuses

-Winthrop University

-Western Carolina

-Elon University

-Duke University

-College of Charleston

-East Carolina University

-Fayetteville State University

-Furman University-High Point University

-Medical University of South Carolina

-NC A&T State University-North Carolina School of Math & Science

-Pfeiffer University

-Western Carolina University -Winston-Salem State University