Few taking advantage of new U of L safety app - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Few taking advantage of new U of L safety app

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Thousands of students walk U of L's Campus every day, often times wearing headphones or looking down at their phones. Thousands of students walk U of L's Campus every day, often times wearing headphones or looking down at their phones.
That same device they use to listen to music or send a text - can also help keep them safe. That same device they use to listen to music or send a text - can also help keep them safe.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville has spent thousands of dollars on a new safety tool for its 30,000 students, faculty and staff. The only problem is -- few are taking advantage of it.

University officials say no student should ever walk alone on campus, but if they have to, the CardGuard App can be their personal guardian.

Thousands of students walk U of L's Campus every day, often times wearing headphones or looking down at their phones. That same device they use to listen to music or send a text - can also help keep them safe.

“I just don't like walking alone in the dark by myself,” said Sophomore Drew Carr.  

That's where CardGuard comes into play. Dennis Sullivan, U of L's Emergency Manager says the app has an emergency button, place to send tips to police and a timer function.

“If you're walking across campus at night and you're feeling nervous, you can set the timer,” said Sullivan. “But if you don't show up to the location where you're supposed to be within that time period you set,  then it will send an alert to the police department and we'll send a police officer out to investigate to see why you didn't get there.”

Out of 22,000 students only hundreds of people have downloaded it. Most students we spoke with didn't even know it existed.

“Yea, I think that's a really good idea to set up more ways for people to have that kind of back up in case something happens. You just never know,” said Junior Nicholas Wolfson.

“I think more people should probably know about that too because I didn't hear about it until just now so I'll try to spread the word,” said Carr.

Students are introduced to the app in class and at campus events. Sullivan attributes the low number of downloads to students already feeling safe.

“We've had a nice, clean, easy beginning of the school year. We haven't had the problems we had last year,” said Sullivan.

“I think it's generally pretty safe. As far as I've known there's been maybe a couple threats throughout my time here,” said Wolfson.

Last fall robberies were reported near campus and a student was stabbed between the Bellamy and the Province student apartments. The university hopes this app and other campus safety programs will prevent those incidents from happening again.

The CardGuard app is free. All you have to do is search Rave Guardian to download it.

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