ECU News Services
The smartphone application, LiveSafe, allows ECU students to quickly and easily communicate concerns about campus safety to campus officials. For more information or to download, visit ecu.edu/LiveSafe. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)
April 10, 2017
By Jamie SmithECU News Services
One year ago,
East Carolina University put safety into the hands of the campus community through
the mobile safety app, LiveSafe.
Since being introduced to the ECU campus in April 2016,
students and employees have used the app to report tips ranging from attempted car
break-ins and people loitering around buildings to loud noise and requesting
help for a friend abusing alcohol using the two-way communication with campus
During the last year, 169 tips have been submitted and the
SafeWalk feature was used more than 1,000 times. According to Lauren Mink,
ECU’s emergency planner, most tips are submitted between 2 p.m. and 4 a.m. and
50 percent are submitted anonymously.
“We are very pleased with how the students and employees are
using LiveSafe,” said Mink.
LiveSafe has been a useful addition to the safety
initiatives on campus like blue light phones, security cameras and safety
“I believe students feel more comfortable using the app
because they can submit detailed information through pictures and text
anonymously,” said Lt. Chris Sutton, ECU Police.
LiveSafe provides seamless two-way communication to ECU
Police and was named as one of the “10 Apps Every College Student Should
Download Today” by the Huffington Post. Users can directly and anonymously
report concerns using text messaging, audio, video and photos. The free app is
available through Google Play and iTunes and is intended to make reporting
safety concerns easier and less intimidating.
When an employee or
student messages police during an emergency situation, dispatchers can live
chat with them to provide instructions while police are en route if talking or
calling attention to the person reporting the information is not wanted. In the
last year, 40 emergency calls and/or messages were made using ECU’s LiveSafe
In addition to reporting safety concerns, LiveSafe provides
another popular feature – SafeWalk.
Users can invite a friend to virtually walk with them by
monitoring their location through a GPS enabled map. During the walk friends
can live chat to remain in constant contact and a 911 button is available for
both users if they feel help is needed immediately. ECU’s SafeRide program can
be contacted through LiveSafe as well.
“Since we are getting close to exams, we want students and
faculty to use LiveSafe to report mental health or safety concerns and use the
SafeWalk feature if they are studying late at night,” said Mink.
Senior Elijah Wood downloaded the app shortly after it was
available at ECU and uses SafeWalk regularly.
“I use SafeWalk a lot because I study late at the library.
The GPS feature lets friends follow me until I get home safely,” said Wood.
The app will supplement many safety
initiatives already on campus such as blue lights, security cameras and safety
To celebrate LiveSafe’s success at ECU, campus safety is giving away an iPad.
To enter, students, faculty or staff must submit a selfie with an ECU police
officer, a photo of an ECU police car or blue light phone on campus through the
LiveSafe app “photo challenge” tip icon. The winner will be randomly selected
on April 13.
To download LiveSafe or for more information, visit www.ecu.edu/LiveSafe.