Could an iPhone app Have Saved the Life of North Carolina Coed?
Chapel Hill, North Carolina – The life of a coed at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill may have been spared if she were able to use the Predator Alert iPhone App that lets predetermined contacts learn precisely where a victim or perpetrator has been at any moment.
Eve Carson, student body president at UNC, was taken from her home after 3 a.m. by two men who drove her to an ATM machine and then shot her five times. Before she was shot and killed, Eve asked her two assailants if they would pray with her.
Carson could have used Predator Alert App (formerly named IcePic) to trigger an immediate email alert along with her GPS location and a Google Map location that could have resulted in her assailants being arrested. The alert can be sent whenever an uncomfortable situation occurs, not just when an actual crime happens.
Predator Alert App’s purpose is to assist anyone who suspects they are about to become a victim of kidnapping, rape, robbery or assault by having then simply point their iPhone at the suspicious person and push a button on their iPhone. The Predator Alert App will immediately email a picture of the bad guy along with the GPS location pinpointed on a Google Map to contacts pre-selected by the owner.
A secondary use of Predator Alert App is to confirm the location of your teen or child with the Google Map sent to your email along with the photo. After downloading Predator Alert App for only $2.99, the user simply enters email addresses of as many contacts as they wish. That information is saved for use whenever the owner is being approached by a suspicious person.
Even if the perpetrator smashes the phone, the photo is already gone from the iPhone and has been sent to the pre-selected emails.
“A person with ill intent, such as a child-napper, mugger or rapist, will almost certainly abandon their plans because the chance of them being caught is almost assured,” says Jeff Neumeyer, developer of Predator Alert App. “Predator Alert App can actually prevent a crime from happening as opposed to a great program like Amber Alert which is activated after a child is abducted or reported missing. Predator Alert App could be the most important app written for the iPhone because it can save lives today.”
“This application assumes you have limited time or maybe even limited motor function to pull anything off quickly,” says Jerard Hill, host of The Daily App Show. “Predator Alert App does it quickly and then it’s going to send an email alerting the recipient with the image you just took along with the coordinates so they can find the user. Predator Alert App is a great way to take advantage of what the iphone has to offer to perhaps save you or someone that you love in a dangerous situation.”
Because the photo can be taken silently, without the camera click sound, a user can press the Predator Alert App icon button and use the few seconds that it takes for the phone’s camera to auto-focus, to hold the phone up to their ear and position it for a picture of the suspect without alerting them or offending them. “Since the email recipients are selected in advance there’s no fumbling with who’s going to get the email of the photos,” says Neumeyer. The photos and location are on their way automatically.
“A suspicious person could range from someone who just gives you the creeps to someone whose behavior causes you to fear they may be intending to commit a crime, whether it’s theft, violence or even terrorism,” adds Neumeyer.
Even if a person does not have an iPhone, or doesn’t purchase Predator Alert App, once criminals become aware of the app, they will flee when any phone is aimed at them. Most criminals will not stop and second guess whether or not someone actually has an iPhone equipped with Predator Alert App.
“People are also finding other uses for Predator Alert App,” says Neumeyer. “A couple of real estate agents suggested a way they’ll use it and a hiker told me he could have used Predator Alert App to send his location when he was lost in the woods. He had no way of telling anyone where he was. And some college students intend to use Predator Alert App to keep family and friends in the loop on their vacation across Europe.”
What Predator Alert App Can Do:
Predator Alert App is a valuable anti-crime tool for anyone who finds themselves anywhere in a potentially threatening situation including:
* Children walking home from school
* Women jogging alone
* Anyone walking to a car in an unlighted parking lot
* Children playing in a park
* Girl Scouts selling cookies
* Children going trick-or-treating Halloween night
* Elderly persons living alone
* Anyone opening a door to a stranger
* Anyone in a dispute or involved in a tense lawsuit
* College students living in a dorm
* Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse issues, especially those involving a restraining order
* A spouse worried about domestic violence, divorce or custody issues
* Anyone in line at a bank, fast food restaurant or convenience store who sees a crime being committed.
Call Their Bluff:
By just passing this information on to friends and telling them to hold their phone up and explain the Predator Alert App technology to a threatening person, it may make them think twice. Of course, having Predator Alert App would be best, but the mere fact that it is available could save the life of someone you love, so share the concept with everyone, and it may be you who saves a life today – with or without even knowing it.
About Predator Alert App:
Predator Alert App is an iPhone App, soon to be available for use on other App-enabled phones, that allows the user to simply hold up the phone, press one button, and have an email with a person’s photo and the GPS location sent almost immediately to one or more remote locations. By rapidly sending a photo of a person to remote emails, persons with ill intent will think twice because their chances of being caught rise astronomically. Predator Alert App has been sold in more than 30 countries. The app is being promoted by Westwind iPhone App Publicity.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Predator Alert Security App for women and children 3.0.1 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.
Jeff Neumeyer the developer of the Predator Alert App (formerly IcePic) has been featured by Gizmodo, The Daily App Show, Wall Street Journal Radio and hundreds of media outlets worldwide. Copyright (C) 2011 Jeff Neumeyer. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.