Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If something untoward happens to you on a day or night out, ‘what if?’ is a question family and friends ask.
Saddened by the tragic abduction and murder of Sian O’Callaghan last year in Swindon, a mobile phone app called SafeKnight was launched in July which to helping women feel safe at nights on the streets of many major towns.
With the conviction of Sian’s killer Chris Hawthorn is emphasising how SafeKnight can provide peace of mind and provide a way for family and the police to access important locations based visual information of your whereabouts past and present.
Simple to use, the SafeKnight app enables the user to take a photo, for example of a licence plate, street sign, bar name or simply of friends which is automatically stored on a secure database paired with their unique ID, time, date and more importantly the GPS location of where it was taken.
With the knowledge safely stored, should any criminal activity occur, police and family members can gain access to highly specific, secure data – saving on vital time in critical moments. On top of this, it can also help the user gain confidence and independence in the more vulnerable situations of their daily routine.
SafeKnight can be used in a number of everyday situations such as chronicling movements on a night out, using taxi services, travelling abroad, meeting new people and even internet dating.
Chris Hawthorn, founder of ‘The SafeKnight Foundation’, said: “Following a high profile and very tragic abduction and murder last year in a nearby town, I was moved to launch The SafeKnight Foundation and to develop the SafeKnight app.
"With the support of England and Tottenham footballer Scott Parker and Sian’s mother, we aim to enable people to lead a safe and independent lifestyle with the knowledge that they have a pre-emptive safety measure at their fingertips for life’s routine vulnerable situations.”
• The app is now available to download via the Apple App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry App World, and Nokia’s Ovi Store. Sends image file via 3G/Wi-Fi therefore users with a data allowance will not incur any costs.
• 25% of all profits generated will go to ‘The SafeKnight Foundation’ which distributes funds to various charities to assist efforts in supporting victims and working towards preventing serious crimes
Sian’s killer Christopher Halliwell pleaded guilty to her murder on 19 October and was jailed for life. Read the report
Costs vary depending on app store
69p – Apple Store
79p- Play Store (Android)
$0.99 – Blackberry
About The SafeKnight Foundation
Chris has committed 25% of all profits made from the sale of the app to The SafeKnight Foundation. These funds will be bequeathed to a number of charities, specifically those providing support or focussing on crime prevention. Crimestoppers, Victim Support, Rape Crisis, and The Suzy Lamplugh Trust are some of the intended beneficiaries from funds raised by The SafeKnight Foundation.