App gives UNM new safety protections

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – With campus safety becoming a top priority for UNM, technology is helping protect students and staff. An app called LoboGuardian is now being launched to create a virtual safety network of friends and family.

“Really anything can be hiding in the shadows, basically here and you never know what’s going to happen,” said Michelle Eggen, a UNM student, who was pleased to hear about the new app.

“You can just open the app. It’s very quick, it’s very easy. We’re basically constantly on our smartphones anyways,” said Trace Rucarean, a UNM sophomore.

With LoboGuardian, you can set a safety timer, so you can have a virtual escort. Your “guardians” can check on your status and location. If you don’t show up to a location when you’re supposed to, the friends or family members you designate as guardians will be notified.

“It’s just an extra measure of protection, and sometimes the blue poles, if you’re just walking looking for them, it’s hard to find,” said Morgan Blankenship, a UNM freshman.

The app also allows for easy communication with campus police. You can push a button, and LoboGuardian sends a panic alert to campus police.

It also allows users to report tips. For example, if lights are out on campus, that issue can be reported using the app.

“While the UNM campus here is fairly safe, there’s always the possibility that something could go wrong or something could happen, so here’s a perfect opportunity through a basic application that we can just add another level of safety,” said Tomás Aguirre, UNM’s Dean of Students.

“It’s just one of many tools that we use here on campus to support safety,” Aguirre said. “I think this will benefit any member of the UNM community that chooses to use it,” he added.

The app is available for iPhone and Android devices. LoboGuardian is the UNM version of the app, which is being used by more than a hundred colleges and universities around the country.

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