QUINCY, Ill July 18 2012 – 97 percent of Quincy University’s incoming freshman have smart phones, and now students and staff at QU will be able to use them as an added layer of security.
QU is the first University in Illinois to adopt the “MyForce” campus security system.
It is an app that lets subscribers get help in an emergency with the touch of a button. The app can be downloaded onto any smart phone device.
MyForce allows students to send out a GPS tracking alert to the Quincy Police Department and Campus Security if they ever feel they’re in danger.
Quincy students say they feel safer on campus now that the app is in place.
“If you are walking from your car at night or across campus or even in your dorm room, if you are within at least one thousand feet of campus you can have that out,” said QU student, Denise Drebes.
Parents may also have a sense of relief when it comes time to send their kids off to college.
“I think every parent can be put at ease a little bit more knowing that this option is there and knowing that its so in-tune,” said QU residents director Mike Varrone.
One QU student tested the MyForce app on their phone and found it to be very successful as police arrived minutes after the activation.
Quincy University has an agreement with the MyForce company to receive a discounted monthly subscription instead of of paying $11.99 when they activate their phone app