VSU introduces first campus safety mobile app for students

By: Noelani Mathews
February 20, 2017

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Everywhere you turn on the Valdosta State campus, you'll see students glued to their smartphones.

Now, VSU officials are hoping that attachment to their phones could be a potential lifeline if a student is ever in danger.

"There's definitely a second thought for me when I'm alone at night," says Beautiful Spears, VSU student.

This month, the University introduced its first campus security app.

They say it's a $7,000 investment, and worth every penny.

Students say they feel safer with the app while walking off-campus or to their car.

The app is called Blazer Guardian, and gives each student an additional layer of security right at the palm of their hand.

"I think the timer is a very, very great idea," says Spears.

The timer notifies family and friends that you made it to your destination safely.

"It allows they say hey, I'll be walking here. I've done it a million times, so I know how much time it's going to take," says Adam Slaton, VSU student and SGA vice president.

The app also includes a panic button, and a way to tip anonymously.

"It kind of gives a bird's eye view of where someone is when they're feeling unsafe and I feel that's really important for students to feel safer," says Slaton.

The app now turns every smartphone into a safety device.

To find it in the Apple store or Google Play, search Rave Guardian.

Once it is downloaded, it requires the student's email to turn it into the specific Blazer Guardian app.

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