This resource page contains a list of safety related phone (and computer/tablet) applications that can be used by students, faculty and staff. Many of these apps are offered to download free of charge.
Although the CSUN Department of Police Services does not promote any one commercial product, in the interest of crime prevention we are offering this list of safety apps and theft recovery programs that have been produced by software developers to help keep you and your property safe.
Free Personal Safety Apps
Personal Electronics Security and the S.T.O.P. Security Plate
Great for Parents
Free Emergency Preparedness Apps
Not so Free Apps
Recovery Software for Phones & Personal Electronics
Security Tips for iPhone & Android Users
FREE Personal Safety Apps
CSUN Department of Police Services
Receive alerts and advisories from the agencies you trust most. Over 4,600 municipal agencies including police, sheriff and fire departments use Nixle to keep their residents safe and informed.
Campus Sentinel is a FREE mobile app for the iPhone and iPad that provides campus crime statistics for more than 4,400 colleges and universities, safety resources, and security news and information. During the application process, use it to understand crime and safety information for the schools you’re considering and to compare those schools’ self-reported crime data to one another. Once you’re enrolled, the app is a great resource for questions regarding safety and security issues both on and off campus.
Winner of the Department of Health & Human Services Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge. OnWatch™ has six customizable alert modes that allow you the flexibility to alert your friends, your Campus Police, local 911 or a combination of all three if you need help. In just two taps, you can send out an alert via phone, text, email and Facebook.
Winner of the Department of Health & Human Services Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge. With Circle of 6, you can connect with your friends to stay close, stay safe and prevent violence before it happens. The Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 friends you choose. Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two touches lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Icons represent actions; so that no one can tell what you’re up to. Designed for college students, it’s fast, easy-to-use and private. It’s the mobile way to look out for your friends, on campus or when you’re out for the night.
bSafe is the world´s leading personal mobile safety application. Download it for free to your smartphone, and you´ll have help at your fingertip 24/7. The emergency alarm is the best of its kind combining both video, siren and live GPS tracing. In addition, features like Follow Me, I´m Here and Fake Call will help you stay safe every day. If you upgrade to premium, you get access to even more safety services. Try bSafe Premium for FREE for 30 days by registering here.
EmergenSee allows you to designate your own personal contacts in addition to campus security officials. Keep your closest friends with you at all
times. Add your parents to give them peace of mind as you walk about campus. Use the live “Virtual Escort” function to let your friends and loved ones know when you have arrived home safely. You can even use EmergenSee to notify other classmates of class cancellations or other events on campus.
The Neighborhood Watch App has dynamic reporting capabilities including options to add photos and text to reports from Block Captains, volunteers, or from citizens who want to report anonymously. Linked to a proprietary database of law enforcement agencies from throughout the country, the Neighborhood Watch App enables citizens to report crime concerns, suspicious activities and community disorder.
Great for Parents!
FBI’s Child ID App
Simply download the free FBI mobile application from the App Store on iTunes, add the latest photos of our child, enter key information about him or her, and update it regularly. In the unlikely event that your child goes missing, you can quickly e-mail the photos and information to authorities. The app also includes safety advice and checklists for parents. And please be assured, no information about you or your child will be collected or stored by the FBI or iTunes.
FREE Emergency Preparedness Apps
From The American Red Cross
The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official American Red Cross First Aid app offers videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.
Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Receive alerts and notifications when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do
The FEMA App (smartphone app for mobile devices) contains disaster safety tips, interactive lists for storing your emergency kit and emergency meeting location information, and a map with open shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). The app is free to download through your smartphone provider’s app store.
Not so Free Apps
Much more than a “panic button” or GPS app, StreetSafe is a service designed to give you personalized safety advice and support any time day or night. StreetSafe combines wireless networks with GPS technologies and a state-of-the-art safety network and database.In addition, each time you activate StreetSafe, a highly trained personal Safety Advisor will stay on the line until reach your destination.
By simply touching a button, the MyForce application connects you to the powerful MyForce Personal Security System, allowing you to instantly notify our certified monitoring center — available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our professionally trained monitoring staff is able to quickly validate any potential emergency, pinpoint your location, and notify the appropriate emergency response team to get you the exact help you need at the exact location—anywhere in the United States.Sign up today for your FREE 30-day no obligation trial. After your trial, enjoy continued peace of mind for only $14.99/mo per member or save when you register for an annual plan.
Safety Light is not just the best flashlight for your iPhone, it could save your life! One tap on the rescue icon and your phone immediately becomes a beacon that can aid rescue parties. A high-visibility flasher, lighting with designer colors, effects including a disco mode, SOS signal for emergency rescue, single-tap to dim display, lockable screen, elegant hi-tech design. $2.99
The Campus Safety app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is a must have for every student, teacher, and parent. This application provides valuable emergency procedures and lifesaving information for 22 different hazards that schools from K-12 to colleges and universities face on a daily basis. The app contains emergency procedure information for all of the following hazards:
Active Shooter, Biological Release, Bomb Threat, Chemical Spills, Civil Disturbance, Contagious Disease, Crime & Violence, Earthquakes, Evacuation, Fire/Explosion, Flooding, Gas Leaks, Hurricanes, Medical Emergencies, Power Outage, Radiological Emergency, Severe Weather, Shelter-In-Place, Terror Attack, Tornado, Tsunami, Wildfires.
This app was developed by a Certified Emergency Manager with extensive years of experience working on emergency preparedness programs for schools, community colleges, and 4-year universities.
Also included with this app are access to countless emergency preparedness videos, current campus news feeds, access to emergency radio transmissions, and an emergency 911 phone dialing function built into the app. $0.99
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. This application is an essential resource for CERT members that may be used as a reference to refresh the training that they have completed. This application is also a critical field operations guide to support CERT members during actual disaster activations.
This reference contains quick guides for all topics covered with the Community Emergency Response Team curriculum, checklists, emergency procedures, the complete CERT course student manuals and visuals(slides), and access to emergency radio streams throughout the United States and internationally. With internet access on the iPhone or iPod Touch you can access Police, Fire, and EMT emergency radio traffic which can be used as an important utility following a major disaster. $3.99
Pocket First Aid & CPR
This app from the American Heart Association provides quick, concise and clear first aid and CPR instructions from a user’s smartphone. The most recent update features 34 videos and 46 high-resolution illustrations, reorganized content to make it easier to find help in an emergency, an improved user experience and new search functionality. $1.99
Recovery Software for Smart Phones & Personal Property
Windows & Apple computers
- GadgetTrak - Starting at $20/year
- Lojack for laptops – Starting at $30/year
- Prey - Free for 3 devices OR Plans starting at $3 per month
iPhones, Apple Tablets & computers
- Undercover by Orbicule - Starting at $39 per computer (student license)
- Find my iPhone - FREE
Android Phones, Tablets & computers
- GadgetTrak - Starting at $20/year
- Lookout – Free OR $3/month for extra features
- Prey – Free for 3 devices OR Plans starting at $3/month
Security Tips for iPhones & Android Users!
Cnet: Essential steps for securing your phone, and what else can be done to foil thieves