New app can help you feel safer walking home alone

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Walking home alone at night can be scary.  That is why thousands of people have downloaded the free personal-safety mobile app that allows friends to virtually walk you home at night.

The Companion app enables users to request friends or family members to virtually track their journey home, Business Insider reports.

After the user sends a request to a friend or family member, those contacted will then receive a text message that will send them to a web page with an interactive map showing the user walking to their destination.

According to Business Insider, if the user strays off their path, falls, is pushed, starts running, or has their headphones yanked out of their phone, the app detects these changes in movement and asks the user if they’re OK.

If the user does not confirm they are OK within 15 seconds, the Companion app will sound an alarm that is meant to scare away criminals, giving the user a chance to call the police.

The app will then send an alert to the friend or family member who is tracking the user’s walk home.

That person can then call police, or call to see if the user is alright.

The app is available for free for Android and iOS.

 

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