SOUTH African Community Crime Watch (SACCW) has launched a cell phone panic button application to try and lessen peoples’ worries during the festive season. SACCW founder Steven King explained that the panic button app is a virtual guardian in case of any emergency and works on various operating systems. “It works on all operating systems with no problem at all and it really helps ones have less worry having it on their phones,” he said. Supported operating systems include Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Firefox, and Blackberry 10. “It makes use of GPS, Wi-Fi & LBS Tracking and is a small, simple and user-friendly app to install and operate. It also has anon smartphone speed dial function with LBS Technology,” King said. He also explained that they have a national footprint that allows them to offer one help fast and they have teamed up with other major organisations to assist in areas where they are still growing.“We have a dedicated 24hr control room which will receive your panic alert. Once received, all your personal information will be displayed on our screen. You will receive a call from one of our incident managers who have over 50 year’s operational service. Your needs will be assessed and the correct services will be dispatched, whether it is a medical, fire, criminal, or accident related emergency. Your location will also be displayed on our screens and if you do not respond to our call we will dispatch assistance to your location,” he explained.In conclusion, he counted all the benefits one gets from the panic button, including partnership with ER24 which covers you with the following benefits: Emergency Response & Stabilization, Ambulance Transportation, 24 Hour medical Information Line, 24 Hour Medical Hotline, 24 Hour Telephonic and Trauma Counselling. “No matter what your emergency is, we will be there for you,” said King.