July 11, 2018
LiveSafe Recognizes Academic Institutions for Dedication to Safety and Prevention
ORLANDO, FL., — Four colleges and Universities were honored for their efforts to secure the safety of their staff, faculty, and students by using LiveSafe, the world’s leading mobile safety communications platform. Georgetown University, Morehead University, Central Connecticut State University, and the University of Southern California were all recognized on the evening of Friday, June 29, at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Conference taking place in Orlando.
LiveSafe, which was co-founded by Kristina Anderson, survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, helps colleges and universities prevent, mitigate and address a myriad of incidents on campus including physical safety, sexual assault, mental health (student suicides) and theft, among others. The LiveSafe team found that these four schools were able to most effectively deploy the LiveSafe platform to protect their campuses and populations from crime and other incidents or emergencies.
Georgetown University Success Story – Powering Prevention:
Georgetown University was experiencing an uptick in laptop thefts in their library. As opposed to the usual mass, non-targeted message that an institution might send out, the Georgetown University Chief of Public Safety leveraged a newer, more dynamic part of the LiveSafe platform – time-based geo-fenced messages that target a specific audience over a period of time in a particular location.
The Chief made the geo-fenced message “active” for a few days, ensuring that students who walked into the library and “tripped” the geo-fence would be notified of the thefts and encouraged to keep all of their belongings with them at all times. This highlights the preventive nature of the platform and how it effectively educated students about the potential threat.
Georgetown Chief of Public Safety Jay Gruber: “Partnering with LiveSafe has been a game-changing initiative for campus safety. We are able to do more to get ahead of incidents: preventing thefts, assaults, and even getting students home safely with the tap of a button. LiveSafe is helping to keep the Georgetown University community safe.”
Morehead University Success Story – Excellence in Innovation:
The university’s proximity to a National Forest would continually result in emergency calls for students who have veered off trails and become lost. Emergency responses would entail Police, Fire Department, Search and Rescue and involve 25-30 first responders, and countless hours of searching.
In August of 2017 the university received two calls concerning lost hikers. By using LiveSafe, they located the students in seconds, checked their well-being by two-way chatting, and explained the direction of travel they needed to go to reach the officer waiting for them on the trail, while monitoring their movements on the app.
Central Connecticut State University Success Story – Rookie of the Year:
In September 2017, Central Connecticut State University officially deployed LiveSafe. On September 28, 2017 (less than 30 days after launching), Central Connecticut State University Police Department’s Dispatch Center received a LiveSafe tip through their dashboard regarding a community member who was actively inflicting injury to themselves and had suicidal ideations.
As a result of the LiveSafe tip, Dispatch was able to send officers to the location where they met the student and confirmed the injuries and the suicidal ideations. University Police were able to render medical assistance and ensure that long term care was made available.
Central Connecticut State University Chief of Police Gregory Sneed: “We are grateful to be members and partners with LiveSafe to add an extra layer of security for our community.
University of Southern California Success Story – Excellence in Engagement:
USC has a robust on-boarding and continuing educational program regarding the LiveSafe platform. As a result, they have successfully indoctrinated LiveSafe into their campus life.
Every incoming student is introduced to LiveSafe – it is included in every single welcome package received. LiveSafe is regularly mentioned in social media across all platforms; included in all campus presentations and brochures to promote campus safety. LiveSafe is also prominently displayed on the website.
This proactive campaign has resulted in more than 23,000 downloads with daily, incoming threat intelligence to heighten safety and security for their students.
LiveSafe CEO Carolyn Parent: “We are proud to honor these institutions for their ongoing dedication to the safety of their students and faculty. The LiveSafe platform allows for simple, seamless communications between users and authorities, and these colleges and universities have done a remarkable job of implementing strategies that leverage this technology. They have proven they are committed to protecting their communities, with special attention toward preventing incidents before they can occur.”
Governor Tom Ridge: “We’ve seen that a portion of the general population is willing to share threat intelligence information, but only if it is very easy to use, allows them to remain anonymous, and doesn’t require them to pass any judgement regarding its usefulness. The fact that the vast majority of students on today’s campuses have smartphones makes them the ideal input device for sharing any kind of information, at any time. Empowering our students, faculty, staff – and even visitors – on campus integrates disperse groups into one, preventing incidents before they can occur.”