Photo Courtesy of Viking Shield

Screenshots of the Viking Shield application depict features like the home page,
Friend Watch and I-Reports.

February 9, 2016

University updates mobile app to increase safety on campus

Cleveland State University is making a greater effort to make its students feel safer on campus with the newly updated Viking Shield app that makes it easier to contact someone in the case of an emergency, whether it’s the police, a friend or family member.


The new interface of the Viking Shield app has four options. One allows you to edit your information such as physical description, emergency contact information and any medical information that could be helpful in an emergency.


Other options allow you to call to request a safety escort, or to set a timerwhile doing activities like walking to your car at night. If the timer isn’t deactivated, your emergency contacts will be sent a text prompting them to check on you. It even includes a link to track your location. Texts will continue to be sent until you deactivate the Friend Watch option.


The I-Reports feature allows students to report crime tips to the campus police department. You can report either a general crime tip or a theft. I-Reports has the option of adding a photo or video to your report, and to submit it anonymously.


The anonymous option is a key feature, according to Cleveland State University Police Chief Gary D. Lewis.
“The Cleveland State University Police Department continues to look towards methods of promoting campus safety to include anonymous reporting tools,” Lewis said.


The new and improved app coincides with a new safety campaign which is being represented with the hashtag #BesafeCLEstate.


Chief Lewis describes #BesafeCLEstate as “a safety awareness campaign that will offer safety tips each week and a number of events, like the upcoming ‘Coffee with a Cop.’”


#BesafeCLEstate events and the Viking Shield app both act as an opportunities for the community and the police department to open the channels of communication to help to keep the campus safe.



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