“Its a jungle out there”– Anonymous
This adage seems very apt to describe the unsafe environment faced by women in India today. The media is awash with reports of one heinous crime after the other against women. Stepping out of the home is a luxury for most of us. Women live in a constant state of fear and who can blame them! As liberated women, staying at home is not an option. And we should not allow these incidents from living our lives to the fullest. But how can we go on living life while making sure that we are safe? To start with, we can stock up on pepper sprays and attend self defense courses to make ourselves less vulnerable to these crimes.
Top 5 Apps For Women’s Safety:
But that’s not all! Thanks to the changing technology. We women have some help at hand! A number of apps have been launched with the sole focus of providing women with a sense of security. Let’s look at the top 5 apps, which can help in safeguarding a woman on the move. These apps are free and are easily downloadable.
1. SOS – Stay Safe:
This revolutionary app will go a long way in ensuring women the safety they so deserve. You need to login and create a list of your emergency contacts. In case of an emergency, you just need to shake the phone vigorously and this will activate the alerts. It provides your battery level, your location and even a 1 minute recording of your situation as alerts to the people on your list. This is discreet and will go a long way if a woman has been kidnapped as it provides real time alerts.
2. YWCA Safety Alert:
Close on the heels of the above app, this safety alert app works along similar lines. You can shake the device or tap on the power button to activate the alarm. This alarm will create a loud noise, which will attract the attention of the bystanders and the attacker would be caught on the wrong foot. In case of an abduction, this app will send alerts to a close group of people (protected ) about your location. This app allows emergency calls to your contacts as well.
3. Women’s Security:
This app allows you to record a 45 second message .This message gets sent automatically. If you are not in reception range, then the message will be sent as soon as the reception is received. Like the previous app, this app also sends out your coordinates via GPS.
Download here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zayaninfotech.security&hl=en
This is a gift for working women! With frequent job changes and moves, we often find ourselves in unknown areas. You can use this app to scope out the safety levels of an area. This is extra helpful if you are planning to stay in a location for a long time. You can view a map of the locality and browse the safety score of the area. You can also set up safety alerts about the area. You will receive updates about any incidents and any safety precautions that you may need to take.
5. Scream Alarm:
Keep this app in your app favorites. This will generate a loud scream in a female voice at the touch of a button. Loud noises draw attention and the perpetrator will be deterred from his dastardly intentions.
A Word Of Caution:
All these apps can help you out in a tight spot, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. Try and keep the following in mind to stay safe:
- Keep an eye out for any suspicious person stalking or tailing you. This is especially prevalent in men stalking your PG accommodations. Insist on a safety guard and CCTV cameras at the premise.
- Safety in numbers! Always try and move in groups, especially during night time.
- Always scope out a new area via the internet to understand security threats.
Always be alert and invest in a few self defense classes. Ensure that you download the app and prepare a list of contacts. The app should be in your frequent list and easily accessible. Try and practice using the app to prepare yourself for any eventualities. Stay alert and stay safe!
How do to you keep yourself safe while travelling? Do you have any tips for young women just stepping out of their homes? Share with us.