University in Ohio offers mobile app for safety

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A new mobile app offered by the University of Cincinnati provides an extra communications tool for students and others to reach university police.

The LiveSafe mobile application is available as a free download from iTunes or Google Play for iPhone and Android devices. The university says the goal is to provide a fast and efficient means to reach campus police. Campus authorities also are able to send out safety tips, updates and alerts through the app.

UC officials say the app is meant to supplement and not replace existing communication methods. Users can share information with police anonymously. But the app also allows users to contact campus police with information that will provide the user's precise location and with information such as pictures, video or audio clips.

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