5 apps that can keep you safe this festive season

PHOTO: Getty images
PHOTO: Getty images

Every day in South Africa we see and hear examples of why our country is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world – especially for women.

While it’s all on the perpetrators to stop victimising women, it doesn’t hurt to take extra precautions when it comes to your safety and the safety of your loved ones. These five apps can help you do exactly that.

1 Namola

According to their website, Namola is the “quickest way to request emergency assistance”.

“By using your phone’s GPS location, it is able to tell nearby responders who you are and where you are. When you request assistance, you will get a call back immediately. Trained operators will confirm details and dispatch help from nearby police, sentinels or other emergency officials.

“You can also add up to five emergency contacts who will be alerted whenever you use Namola to request assistance. Your emergency contacts will be able to see your current location during an emergency, and message you and the Namola control room to understand what’s happening and to help you get to safety.”



2 Life360

Life360’s Family Locator simplifies life in the digital world by making it easy to stay connected to your loved ones. The app helps you stay in sync with your entire family and eliminate the multiple texts needed to coordinate your family events and daily life.

“Family Locator alerts you when your family members have checked in at a location and thanks to GPS sensors in your phone, family locator can also advise if someone is running late,” Life360 states.



Because South Africa has a unique situation – with numerous emergency service providers from both the public and private sector offering emergency SOS assistance in case of a medical, rescue, fire, security or roadside emergency – the MySOS SA app offers you access to appropriate emergency assistance when you don’t know who to call, don’t know where you are, want to notify your MySOS contacts about your emergency and the exact SOS location, or you want SOS services to navigate directly to our location in an emergency.

“MySOS Find Near ME offers you access to contact details and addresses for doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, dentists, vets and police stations in the country, and can be used to track any journey (hiking, cycling, driving, etc) anywhere,” according the app’s developers.


4 Bull Horns Panic Button

With this app you can alert your friends, family and security companies to help you at your exact location by just shaking your phone. After shaking your phone, your emergency contacts will receive an SMS notification with your actual location which is updated every 30 seconds. So, you can get help even if you can’t speak or are on the move.


5 bSafe

If you have teenagers, this one’s for you! The live location of the bSafe app user (in this case, an adolescent or teenager) can be tracked by a parent or guardian. “In other words, Mom and Dad will be able to watch you as you walk to school, run along the beach or go to the movies with friends – and let’s be honest, one can’t be too safe nowadays. The app user can load their parents’ phone numbers onto the app, and if they are ever in a scary situation, a distress message and a GPS location will be sent to them,” bSafe states.




All the apps mentioned above are available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

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