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How one woman's abduction led to the Watch Over Me app

Cassandra Khaw | May 15, 2013
After she narrowly escaped a kidnapping, Chin Xin-Chi created a mobile app to help prevent other women from becoming victims themselves.

Like many other applications out there, Watch Over Me comes in two formats: a paid version and a free version. The free version lets you add only a single emergency contact and limits you to email and Facebook notifications. The paid version, which costs $2 every month, allows you to add an unlimited number of emergency contacts, offers a shake-to-trigger function that you can use in lieu of a traditional panic button, and more. Watch Over Me is available for both iOS and Android.

Safety starts with taking precautions and being more aware of what's going on around you. "I think my biggest mistake that day was simply that I wasn't aware enough," Chin says. "If I had been paying more attention, I might have noticed that man following me. Maybe. It might have changed things. With Watch Over Me, we're hoping that the app will help flip that switch in your head and make you more in tune with your situation. Awareness can make you way more equipped to protect yourself."

 

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