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LUPD launches free campus safety app at university's National Night Out Against Crime event Oct. 14

October 7, 2014

As a part of its participation in the National Night Out Against Crime event Tuesday, Oct. 14, Loyola University New Orleans Police Department will launch a free personal safety app for students, faculty and staff to download on their smart phones. The app—called RAVE Guardian—is a free, optional service that directly connects the campus community to the LUPD dispatch center. Loyola’s Night Out Against Crime takes place in the residential quad on the university’s main campus from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and members of the New Orleans Police Department will attend.

Basically, students or others using the campus safety app are able to choose “guardians”—typically family members or close friends. Users then set up a timer and tell the app where they will be going and what time they are expected to be home. If a user fails to turn off the timer, the app automatically sends a message to a guardian they have listed. In the event that two guardians do not respond, the app automatically contacts university police and sets up an incident ticket, which allows the app to start pinging the phone’s location. The app also features a LUPD emergency button, which connects to the university police dispatch as well as a 911 button that connects to any city, parish or county 911 emergency control center.

The member subscription is free to the entire Loyola community and is downloadable from the Rave Guardian website using the individual's university e-mail account to access the system. All information provided by the subscriber is confidential and can include, for example, a medical condition. Subscribers can include their photo and other contact information as they deem necessary.

Loyola’s National Night Out Against Crime, inspired by the national and citywide movement, is designed to strengthen neighborhood support, increase crime prevention awareness and stimulate anti-crime efforts. The Loyola University Police Department will also display its “Go-Green” electric patrol vehicles during the event.

The Loyola University Police Department will also be participating for the first time in the off-campus New Orleans “2014 Night Out Against Crime Metro Kick-Off Party,” held outside Sunday, Oct. 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Lake Town on Williams Boulevard in Kenner. The free, public event features free food, live music and displays of crime-fighting equipment, including Loyola’s “Go-Green” electric patrol vehicles.

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