Safety: There’s no app for that
An app called StreetSafe does, well, some stuff:
StreetSafe, a relatively new app for smartphones, claims that for a minimum of $12.50 a month, it will coach you with safety advice in frightening areas on your way to any location. One first feature is called “Walk With Me,” where the user can connect with a Safety Advisor while walking down a street. If the user feels unsafe, the Safety Advisor will stay on the line with you until you have reached your destination. In the event that something does happen to you while on the phone with a Safety Advisor, they will be able to call 911.
Or, you know, if your smartphone had a phone you could call 911 yourself. The single best safety tool at anyone’s disposal is situational awareness. A gun is nice but won’t help if you’re distracted and not paying attention. Seems to me time spent staring at your phone’s safety app is time better spent paying attention to what you’re doing and what’s happening around you.