New app allows companions to virtually walk you home

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – If you’ve ever felt uneasy walking home or back to your car, a new app works to ease your worries. WNCT tested the free app called “Companion” which allows your friends to virtually walk you home.

“Let that friend know, ‘Hey, I’m going somewhere and I just want you to keep up with me to make sure that I get there on time or that I get there okay,” says Greenville Police Sgt. Joe Friday.

The app asks you to invite contacts to track your trip, giving you different options along the way.

companion1“It’s defiantly something in my mind that I worry about,” says Joelle Luginbill. “You hear all these stories about people walking home alone and you get ECU alerts about girls and guys even who just aren’t safe.”

The Companion app keeps safety in mind. If you drop the phone or press a nervous button, your companion and even the police are notified.

“It’s a good way to use the buddy system which we have always encouraged people to do to stay safe,” says Friday.

“It means everything to have someone to be there for me, looking out for me and having my back,” says Luginbill. “Making sure I get home safe.”

Once you arrive back to your destination safely, you can let your companion know, providing socompanion2me peace of mind and luckily some safe travels.

Greenville Police says it’s important to always look out for yourself and pay attention to your surroundings even if you’re using the app.

To learn more about Companion, click here.

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