These apps can help you check out local crimes or make emergency calls in a flash.
December 10, 2020 — 6 a.m. EST
Our phones are powerful tools that can help us do everything from ordering groceries to watching movies. They can even help us identify and fight crime with just a few taps.
To help keep you safe, digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong and the creator of Legal Equalizer Mbye Njie came on The Dr. Oz Show on December 10, 2020, to share four apps worth downloading.
Here are the apps they recommend.
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Legal Equalizer was created by Mbye Njie to help people in situations involving law enforcement. After being pulled over by police three times in two weeks, Njie set out to create an app that would document the interaction. “I had seen stories of what happens in some cases of black men being pulled over and thought about how I wanted to alert my friends and family, and also record what was happening,” he said.
It’s not an anti-police app, Njie says. It’s designed to hold both the officer and the person being questioned accountable. The app has several safety features. If you’ve been pulled over, with the touch of a button, you can notify up to five contacts of your location in case of an emergency. There’s also a feature that records the interaction and saves it to the app and the cloud. And another that lets you connect the app to Zoom to stream the interaction live to your contacts. The app also has a section that lets you brush up on your rights and the law.
The app also has the potential to help immigrants and those in abusive situations by alerting others to immigration raids or sending out a message if you’re in a violent situation. It can also be used in active shooter situations.
Spot Crime is an app and website that can help you identify crime in your neighborhood. It pulls in data from police reports, local news, and users to show crimes within your community. Crimes displayed include thefts, shootings, burglaries, assaults and arrests. You can also sign up for alerts whenever a new incident is reported.
“I like to use this when I travel,” Armstrong said. “Sometimes I’m in areas where I want to walk to a store or tourist attraction but want to make sure the route I’m taking is safe.”
If you’re going out on dates with people you’ve met online, you’re going to want to download Noonlight. The app allows you to silently send your location to the police with a tap of a button if you’re in an unsafe situation.
“One of the great things about this app is that it connects with other apps to keep you safe,” Armstrong said. “if you’re going on a Tinder date you can add a note in the app and it will share any date details that you’ve entered.” You can also connect the app to Lyft and Uber to send your driver’s information and location to the police if you are in an unsafe location.
In the app’s paid version, you can connect devices (like your security system or smoke detector) to the app to notify the authorities in the case of a break-in or fire.
Life 360 can help you keep track of your family’s whereabouts throughout the day, allowing you to ensure they stay safe. You can set the app up so that family members can check-in when they arrive at school or work. If you feel unsafe, you can also easily notify your family, emergency contacts and the authorities. You can also add on its identity theft identification service that allows you to monitor your credit score.
Armstrong also recommends its crash detection service, which can detect an automobile accident. The app asks if you’re ok and sends emergency services to your location if you need help.
The next time you’re going somewhere unfamiliar, download these apps for some peace of mind. Hopefully, you’ll never need them but it’s always good to be prepared.