GREENSBORO -- It's move in time for thousands of students at UNC-Greensboro. That means campus police are on high alert to ensure everyone and everything is safe.
With a new school year upon us, police on the campus of UNC-Greensboro are stepping up patrols to make move-in safe.
"We have extra staff, we reroute traffic to accommodate the move-in depending on the building and the way the traffic is going to be coming into campus we reroute the roads to make certain streets that wouldn't typically be one way, we make those one way," said Jason Stogner, UNC-Greensboro Emergency Management director.
As students settle into campus officials want to make sure safety is a priority. That’s why school officials are introducing a new smartphone app called LiveSafe to the students.
"We kind of consider this new app a "mobile blue light" because it's a way to communicate with us. So, yes we're still going to have the blue light phones on campus we're not going to get rid of them but it's just another step to provide safety to our students," said Lt. Ashley Westbrook, with UNC-Greensboro Police.
It's available for both iPhone and Android users and has plenty of safety features.
"It's a good way for them to text us if they need help. They can also through this app request a walking escort through the police department so they can sign on and tell us what their location is at and what location they want to go to and we can send someone to provide a safety walk escort for them," said Westbrook.
They already have more than 1,000 students signed up for the app. Police say a popular feature allows a friend or family member to make sure you get to your destination safely.
"Within LiveSafe there is a function called "Safe Walk." What that allows you to do is to invite a friend or family member or whoever you would like, give them permission to see your location and it allows that person to track you as you walk through campus," said Stogner.
Keeping students safe at every step.
The app was created by a Virginia Tech shooting survivor.