The Yale University Police Department has recently upgraded the Bulldog Mobile App (BDM). According to an email message sent from Yale Police Chief, Ronnell Higgens, “Effective July 1, 2015, the Bulldog Mobile App will be powered by LiveSafe. This new app has some great safety features that we feel will benefit our campus community. We’d like your help in getting the message out to all Yale staff. Become a BDM ambassador touting its many safety features to members of your department. Start by simply downloading it to your phone. If you are using this app or aware of it, you can encourage other staff to download it as well.”
More information can be found on Public Safety website, but here is an overview:
Download the free App (available on iPhone and Androids only):
What is it?
Bulldog Mobile is an app that gives students, staff, and faculty on campus an effective way to communicate with Yale Police (YPD) via a mobile device. With Bulldog Mobile, you can use your smart phone as a personal security device to provide the YPD with accurate information about yourself and your GPS location. Your location and information is ONLY shared with YPD when you use the Emergency Options button or the Report Tips button within the app.
- SafeWalk – a peer-to-peer feature: Walking home alone from your friend’s residence hall or from studying late at the library? You can invite friends and family to temporarily follow your location on a real-time map. They will see you on the map as you walk to your destination and know when you get there safely. SafeWalkers can even chat directly within the app or summon emergency help. The session ends when you tap “stop” – no need to worry about racing home against a timer. Are you worried about a friend? You can also request to follow their location and see him/her on a map.
- Report Tips: See something suspicious on campus? Maybe someone stole your bike… Help keep your campus safe by sharing information about what is going on around you. With LiveSafe, you can send tips about suspicious activity, mental health issue, theft, or other campus concern directly to the Yale University Police. You can attach a picture, video, or audio and even send it anonymously if you choose.
- Request a campus escort: Quickly and easily request a campus safety escort with the tap of a button. Campus Safety has your back.
- Emergency Options: Call or send discrete text messages directly to the Yale Police Department. Your name and current location will be attached to the call/text, enabling YPD to better assist you in an emergency situation.
- Safety Map: Find nearby safe spots and get walking or driving directions to those areas. Yale PD can also publish safety concerns directly to the safety map.