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ASU encouraging students to use new police app

PHOENIX — The Arizona State University Police Department has launched an app for students to text in campus crime tips. LiveSafe mobile app is available to download on iPhone and Android.

“It’s a free app available to the students,” ASU Police Sgt. Daniel Macias said. “The students download it on their phones and basically it enables them to text in tips, messages and different things to the police department.”

LiveSafe provides a way for students to communicate with police digitally and anonymously.

“All students are texting these days…I text, you text, we all text together,” Macias said.

According to Macias, the app’s most popular feature is called “SafeWalk.”

“It allows you to talk to a friend and say, ‘hey I’m going to be walking from say the stadium to my dorm room (for example)’ and you’d invite them to come in and virtually follow you and when you get home you press another button that says I made it safely,” he said.

More than 1,600 ASU students have downloaded LiveSafe. Macias said the app is an important tool that he hopes eventually all students will utilize.

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