New app aims to keep students’ safe at UTRGV

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UTRGV has now launched a new app called Campus Shield. It’s an app for students that aims to enhance safety on campus.

"It’s very scary to come to like a dark parking lot and there's hardly any cars," Yisel Sanchez, UTRGV student said.

Sanchez says leaving campus when it's dark is a common sight that she and others face when it comes to staying late on campus.

However, those concerns may be a thing of the past. Campus Shield is aimed to enhance safety on campus.

"With the new app, you can actually stay mobile. The dispatcher will be able to contact you and have a two-way conversation with you and direct you to the nearest officer," Chief Raul Mungia, UTRGV Police Department explained.

Mungia says the app will replace the blue emergency phones that are installed throughout the campus.

With just click of a button, the new app will allow students to seek help.

According to the 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, over 100 crimes were reported to police from both UTRGV campuses.

Some of the features also allows students to request a safety escort and make reports anonymously.

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