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PanicGuard - the App that protects stalking victims and can help bring stalkers to justice
PanicGuard is the world’s first Police approved mobile phone app that works as a gateway to a security service and is the ideal security solution for people who are being stalked.
By: Caroline Ratner Communications
It has been welcomed by the police who see it as a weapon to protect against stalking by providing concrete evidence that the police can use to bring stalkers to justice. The service is activated by the victim simply shaking their phone, which will alert their emergency contacts and record real time video of the stalking event, which can be used as evidence to bring stalkers to justice.
One of the biggest problems victims face is proving that they are being stalked and one of the police’s biggest problems is gathering evidence. It is estimated that over 120,000 people a year are victims of stalking in the UK and the Justice Union’s Parliamentary Group’s inquiry found that many victims of stalking have little confidence in the criminal justice system and many felt their complaints were not taken seriously by the Police.
More than just an app, PanicGuard is a service that once activated turns the phone into a real-time GPS tracker, alarm and video recording device which sends instantaneous alerts to emergency contacts that will be able to see what is happening and then call the police.
PanicGuard can be active all the time and can operate in stealth mode, working silently in the background so that the stalker will have no idea that it even exists. The evidence is not stored on the phone as it is streamed instantly to a secure server, so that even if the phone is taken the evidence can be accessed online at anytime and can be used to bring stalkers to justice.
PanicGuard is accredited by Secured by Design, a flagship UK police initiative to help ‘design out’ crime through the use of high-quality innovative products and processes
In order to achieve Secured by Design status, PanicGuard had to adhere to the organisation’
Richard Childs Managing Director of Secured by Design, says: “PanicGuard provides a proactive approach to personal security. We support effective products such as this which help the vulnerable and those at risk. PanicGuard can be used by a wide range of people utilising modern technology and so turning the mobile phone into a personal safety device”.
Detective Chief Inspector, Martin Ford, Head of the National Mobile Crime Unit says:
"The MPS is supportive of all responsible efforts to improve the personal safety of individuals within our communities. Integrated, well thought out solutions such 'PanicGuard' have the potential to contribute to the security of vulnerable persons by using new technologies to their best capacity".
Women’s and Men’s Domestic Violence Charities have also embraced PanicGuard. Chris Green of The White Ribbon Campaign UK, an organisation of men working to end violence against women says:
“One in five will suffer stalking or violence in their lifetime, and one in four will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. The White Ribbon campaign welcomes the introduction of PanicGuard that increases the safety of women and increases the likelihood of successful prosecution of perpetrators”
Mikkel Dissing, an internet entrepreneur invented PanicGuard as a solution to the ever increasing problem of people’s fears about feeling safe. He spent two years perfecting the product, making sure it works in the most stressful and terrifying of situations.:
It is illegal to carry anything for self-defence but having the PanicGuard app can give people confidence because they know that it is easy to send out an alert if they are in danger and gives them security at their fingertips.
Mikkel Dissing goes further to say “Our goal is to empower our users to feel more confident knowing that without doing anything more than shaking their phone they can instantly alert friends and family who can call the police to come to their aid and they will have the evidence to help them catch the criminal.”
For further information please contact: Caroline Ratner, Caroline Ratner Communications 020 8209 0120 or email@example.com
Notes to editors
PanicGuard is a free to download and test, the ongoing security service costs from only £3.99 a month.
A short video of demonstration PanicGuard: http://panicguard.com/
• send SMS, emails, Twitter and Facebook alerts to emergency contacts who can then call the police
• have a record of activity which can be used to track the user while in danger and can also be used as evidence to track perpetrators
• help the police with their investigations
PanicGuard works in three stages. Firstly when turned on it works quietly in the background, and it can if users chooses emit a reassuring “pulse” to the user so they do not need to keep looking at their phone. The phone automatically track the users location in real-time.
Then, if the user is attacked or feel threatened they can activate the service by either shaking the phone or sliding the start button. The app then instantly sends an alert to chosen emergency contacts, via SMS, Email, Facebook and Twitter contacts. The emergency contacts can then see and hear what is happening and can track the user live and call the emergency services if they think the user is in danger. When calling the emergency services they can and give very detailed information about location and possibly also describe the attacker from the video.
If the phone is shaken again a loud rape alarm goes off, and the flash on the phone becomes a strobe light attracting maximum attention and working as a deterrent. Should the attacker either kidnap the user or steal the phone he/she is still tracked covertly. Even if the SIM card is changed PanicGuard can still track the phone making it easier to find the attacker post the event. The only way PanicGuard can be deactivated is by entering the users date of birth as a pin code.
About Mikkel Dissing
Mikkel Dissing is an entrepreneur who has successfully founded and sold a number of online businesses. He founded and developed the worlds’ first and most successful LIVE P2P technology company, RawFlow Ltd with over 76 million users worldwide. RawFlow was the first company to market and develop a User Generated Broadcast (UGB®) tool and among other things managed the world’s largest online live event in 2008 called PangeaDay which was supported by artist such as Madonna, Sting and 50 Cent.
About Secured by Design
Secured by Design is part of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
The principles of Secured by Design have been proven to reduce the risk of crime and the fear of crime
For more information visit www.securedbydesign.com