Speed Saves. Don’t Waste Another Second

The situation that everyone fears in the back of his or her mind is that of helplessness in the face of an attacker. Cornered and powerless, anyone can become a casuality at the hands of a mass shooter. We have seen these events unfold all too often in the past few years such as in the Paris Terror Attacks, Sandy Hook shooting, and the San Bernardino shooting.

“According to American Police Beat, the average response time for an emergency call is 10 minutes. Atlanta has the worst response time with 11 to 12 minutes and Nashville comes in at a lightning speed of 9 minutes.” (1) In this day and age, humans carry modern smartphones capable of determining the exact geolocation of its user and quickly notifying law enforcement. We deserve better than a 10 minute average response time, which is unacceptable for saving lives as we have seen in many mass shootings over the past decade and a half.

Many of the big cities in America have had issues with keeping their police force up-to-date with technology. A notable example is in San Francisco, where its “CAD system went down for more than 24 hours because of server problems.”(1) This forced police to write down relevant information solely through pencil and paper. This reveals the shortcomings of the police department in times of technological distress, and we have just created a remarkable new app called Lighthouse to rectify this problem.

Lighthouse contains many simple to use, fast features that make it realistic for police officers to respond faster to reports of crime. Our lock screen extension provides a widget that can call 911 and confirm the call request within 10 seconds. In the face of danger, just a few seconds can be very costly; statistics report that “60.0% of the incidents ended before police arrived.” (3) In this amount of time, active shooters could have killed or seriously injured dozens of innocent people before the police had even arrived. Lighthouse’s widget enables users to call law enforcement quickly and silently and will help to minimize casualties and reduce mass shootings.

Why waste another second? Speed saves lives; download Lighthouse today!

Sources:
(1) http://www.self-defense-mind-body-spirit.com/average-police-response-time.html
(2) http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/07/911-dispatch-emergency-system-fail-breakdown
(3) https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/office-of-partner-engagement/active-shooter-incidents/a-study-of-active-shooter-incidents-in-the-u.s.-2000-2013

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