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USC will launch campus safety app to help students stay safe

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Wes Hickman, USC Communication director, said the app gives students an alternative way to talk to police. Wes Hickman, USC Communication director, said the app gives students an alternative way to talk to police.
The call boxes on campus can be hard to reach. The Rave Guardian app is like a call box in your hand. The call boxes on campus can be hard to reach. The Rave Guardian app is like a call box in your hand.

 By Jennifer Blencowe

In an effort to boost campus safety, the University of South Carolina will launch a brand new smartphone app that is designed to keep students safe. There have been several reports of crime on campus, and over the past few months, some students are concerned.

"I don't feel safe because when I park in my parking garage and I'm walking, there is no security," said Megan Samaro, a USC sophomore. "There is no protection. There's nothing, and a call box is a while away."

USC has found a way to put students more at ease by having the police right at your fingertips. It's called the Rave Guardian Safety app.

"It's a call box in your smart phone," said Wes Hickman, USC Communication director.

Students can immediately call or text campus police at the push of a button. They can also assign guardians who will be alerted if students end up in trouble. Guardians can be parents, friends, and campus police.

A student walking alone on campus who doesn't feel safe can set a timer. The timer will alert guardians if they don't reach their destination in time.

USC hopes that the app will give students a peace of mind that they are safe on campus and give campus police a new tool to reach students sooner rather than later.

USC will launch the app in mid-October. It can be used on and off campus.

 

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