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USA Partners With MyForce To Offer Personal Security Service

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) They say there's an app for everything. Now there's one that acts as your own personal security service.

It's called MyForce and the University of South Alabama is the first school in the state to partner with the company to help protect students, faculty and staff.

The app is free for the first 30 days, but after that, if you're affiliated with the University, it costs $99 per year or $11.99 per month, and that's a discounted rate you can get using the promo word: Jaguars.

With just the push of a button on your smart phone, you can alert police and a 24 hour monitoring company based in Colorado, so you never have to walk alone again.

USA police view it as another tool to prevent crime.

"When you press the MyForce app, no one will know you've deployed it. You press it and immediately a signal is sent to the monitoring service and USA police in this case, but your screen goes black on your phone," said USA Police Chief Zeke Aull.

The application then immediately starts recording surrounding sound and it's transmitted in real time. And a responding police officer can track your location. 

"If you're running from someone let's say, we'll be able to follow you on a map that pops up at the USA dispatch office and hear everything being said," said Chief Aull.

"I personally like it because it's a security blanket for me. I can have it pulled up without having it pressed and know that all I'd have to do is press a button and know that someone is going to be there," said SGA President Riley Davis.

She believes it will be perfect for students that like to run at night or have late classes. And you don't have to be in danger to press the button.
Officers encourage you to press it if you feel at all uncomfortable or uneasy, whether it's in a dark parking lot, in your car on the road or in your home.

"This could save your life if you're in a position to need it," said Davis.

"You can also put in information when you register that may be relative to you such as if you're having domestic issues, some may have protection orders or medical conditions like diabetes or seizures. That way when it's activated, we have access to that info so we have a better idea of what could be going on even if we can't talk to that person," said USA Police Capt. Keith West,

Once you feel you're no longer in danger, it's easy to deactivate the app. You simply press the button again  and type in a code. But a monitor will call you to confirm you're out of harms way.

The service travels with you throughout the U.S. and anyone can download the app. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, the service automatically contacts the  law enforcement in the area you're located.

USA Police said MyForce will only live up to its full potential and deter crime if a lot of people sign up for it.

CLICK HERE for more information on the app and to sign up.
 
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