How many apps do you have on your phone that come in handy while running? If you’re anything like me, quite a few. Let’s see, I’ve got…
I’m sure that you could name many more that I’m missing. (In fact, tell me about them!)
But I suspect that you don’t have one of the most important apps available. This one could save your life.
I have no affiliation with this company. I just have this app and have needed to use it. Now I want everyone to have it, too.
The way it works is so simple. If you’re out for a run and you encounter a situation that makes you nervous, get out your phone and click the app. Examples…
… You’re running down a city sidewalk at dusk and there is a group of guys up ahead that you’re a little nervous about passing.
… You’re running alone on a rural dirt road when a utility truck drives by then stops to check on something in the area.
… You’re running on a trail and someone on a bike asks you for directions and then never quite goes away.
What to do:
1. Any time you’re uncomfortable… even if you think you’re just being paranoid… open the app and put your thumb on the giant thumb-shaped button.
2. Keep your thumb there until the situation resolves OR you want to summon the police.
3. If the situation has resolved itself to your comfort level, remove your thumb and you’ll be prompted to type in your secret code. Type it in. Ta da, that’s it!
4. If the situation has escalated and you want to summon the police, remove your thumb and DO NOT type in your code. Safe Trek will send the police to you.
Here’s the best part, in my opinion…
Safe Trek uses your phone’s GPS information to let the police know exactly where you are! 9-1-1 DOES NOT DO THAT.
I was once the first person on the scene of a car crash. I called 9-1-1 and the operator wanted to know my location. I looked around and said, “A cornfield.”
I didn’t know the name of the road we were on! I was trying to keep an elderly woman in a flipped over car alive while in a frozen cornfield, so in a voice tinged with hysteria I told the operator, “You’re sitting in front a bank of computers in a room full of millions of dollars of technology. How about YOU tell ME where I am!!!”
Turns out, they don’t all do that. Lord a’mercy. (All ended well. Thank goodness for Google Maps and the cell phone’s GPS location indicator.)
Not just for running.
I used this service when running down a rural road and a utility truck stopped to do some work. Were they legit? Probably. But was I nervous? Yes.
So I put my thumb on that bad boy and held it to my ear like I was having a phone conversation. Personally, I think that’s a good visual deterrent in a lot of situations. In my case, I ran by the truck without incident and typed in my code when it was clear that I wasn’t being pursued.
But there are other times that this app comes in handy.
How about when you’re walking through a parking garage?
Or from the mall to your car?
Do you have teen daughters on a college campus? (I do.)
I had a son a college campus that was having a rash of muggings of male students who were walking to their cars.
Best $2.99 per month ever!
When you sign up with Safe Trek, you get your first month for free. I appreciated the service so much that I put it on my teens’ phones, too. Now we’re at $9 a month for three of us. Fine, whatever, it’s so worth it! You can pay $30 for the year and save a few bucks, if you prefer.
Again, there’s no affiliate program, so I’m not trying to profit off of fear. I just really want all of you to have this simple way of getting help in an uncomfortable situation.
Oh, one more thing…
Please don’t hesitate to summon the police because you may be wrong about being in danger!
Oh my goodness, this makes me so sad and frustrated! My father is a (retired) police officer and I assure you…
The police would much rather arrive at a false alarm than arrive too late to a crime scene.
They would love to come out only to discover that your suspicious lurker was playing Pokemon Go.
Do you know why?? Because any time that they come out to a false alarm, everyone goes home alive. They go home alive. You go home alive. Even the “bad guy” goes home alive. It’s the best call of their day.
And listen up, embarrassed girlfriend… Chances are, that Pokemon Go story is true. But for all we know, it’s just a clever cover story and your Spidey Sense was not paranoia, at all. Even if it was, no reasonable person who reads the news can blame you for being paranoid.
And please, for the love of safety, do not call your husband first.
I know he’s your go-to guy.
I know that if the situation turns out to be nothing, you won’t be embarrassed about calling him.
But if the situation turns out to be something, there is very little that he can do about it.
If a bad guy pounces, your husband is now in the position of calling 9-1-1. Does he know precisely where you are? His cell phone GPS is of no help.
You have just triangulated him into a situation that he lacks the resources to fix.
Call him AFTER you call the police. Remember, they won’t care if it turns out you didn’t “need” to call them. They’ll be delighted if it turns out you weren’t in danger. Yay!
Run safe, my friends. Click the pic below to go to Safe Trek App.com