Monday, May 18, 2020

Can an App give a semblance of Safety to the Contemporary Woman?

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The rate of criminal activities in the present is horrifying and nerve-wracking at the same time. From burglaries to assault and murder, each is more petrifying than the other.

If you think about all the horrible things that can happen to you, you might never want to head out of your home. However, that cannot be considered as an option. You would have to suck up your fear and get over it.

This is worse for women; the crimes that can happen to them are beyond my comprehension. And the sad part is that many women are victim-blamed, they are treated worse than criminals. A rape survivor has to endure the humiliation of reliving her trauma more than once before the police even catch the culprit.

That is why; the safety of women is always under contention. 

People have proposed many ideas to help in that. 
  • The most common was learning to defend oneself. Knowing how to tackle a 6’1” man to the ground can save a woman, her life and her dignity.
  • The next one popular solution was the development of an application that will give a woman a sense of safety, in knowing that someone is going to come to her aid, if she were to need it.
I liked both ideas. However, I would highlight the latter today.

The Personal Safety App

A personal safety app is an application that is found in both android and iOS phones. It provides a safety web for the person due to its features. 

An app like this is used in emergencies like a panic button. So, whenever you feel that you are in a dangerous situation, all you need to do is press the designated button; 
  • For some apps it the power button, 
  • For others, it can be the volume one as well.
Once you have done this, the app would start its work in nanoseconds. 
  • It could send a text message to your emergency contacts, along with your location.
  • It could send an email or a tweet to let others know about the imminent danger for you.
  • Some apps have “a rape alarm”, this is a really loud shrill whistle that would start once you press the panic button. This would frighten a lion; it is so loud, so a rapist would not stand near you.
I hope the future would bring more safety measures in these apps. Connectivity to the police 999 operatives can be one because a person cannot always make that call.

The Most Popular Apps

Since the beginning of the 21st century, women safety is being prioritized. Consequently, there are several applications in the android play store and apple store that have protection as their core.
In the UK, there are three that I prefer the most;

Family Locator (GPS Tracker)

The Family Locator is the editor’s choice on android’s play store and has about 50 million downloads and over a million reviews. So it suffices to say that this one has got something valuable.

As the name says, this is an app that lets you know that your family is safe when you cannot be beside them.

After the app downloads,
  • You make “a circle”, which is the app’s term for a group. This would be the group of people who matter the most to you.
  • The app would show you the live locations of all members at all times.
  • It also gives out notifications when the circle member leaves a place, and even once they reach a destination. This way, any delays can be taken as an emergency by the others, and help would come to calling.
  • It is also helpful in knowing the location of a lost or stolen phone.

bSafe

This app has over 500k downloads, so it is a popular one to ensure safety and security. It helps you by allowing you to create a secure network for yourself. 

Once you do this, it keeps you connected with the people you trust.
  • You can send SOS signals to your connections with the press of a button or just saying a key phrase.
  • The inbuilt map will let your connection know of your location at all times, especially when you feel unsafe.
  • You can also be live and record an emergency video when in distress.
It is free to download but does come with in-app purchases.

Shake2Safety 

With 100k downloads, this app is not as popular as the other two, although it is equally good.

The good things about this app are;
  • It can perform its functions, even when the screen is locked.
  • It can also operate even without internet connectivity. 
The latter made me hit the download button as soon as I read it.

Shake2Safety has some fantastic features;
  • In emergencies, if you shake your phone or press the power button four times, it would send an SOS text with your location to your emergency contacts.
  • It can take pictures of your surroundings and record 4-second audio on your phone.
  • Its siren button has saved many women from assault.
Winding Up

These three applications, along with every other safety app, has made women secure in the crime dominant society of the present. These applications are genuinely working to promote women empowerment because our women would only be empowered when they are safe.

I want to thank all the developers of these apps for their help. The high number of downloads is also our gratitude towards them. Though, it may require some enough funds to build an app and to manage them. You can go to the investor or options, like Payday loans.

I hope that their apps keep on improving and advancing to make crime against women a thing of the past.

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