Public Safety sign outside building


As part of ongoing safety efforts, St. John's University has introduced a new mobile safety app called LiveSafe that allows you to report tips to Public Safety, virtually escort your friends in real-time on a map, place emergency calls, and access safety resources. Download the mobile app for free.

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You play an active role in helping keep St. John's safe. Thank you for taking the time to review and use these safety resources.

About the LiveSafe App

You play an active role in helping keep St. John's safe. Thank you for taking the time to review and use these safety resources.

Overview (PDF)

How to Use App Features

Perso walking


SafeWalk lets you invite up to three friends, family members or colleagues to virtually walk or drive with you. Share your location information and let them actively follow your progress on a map or choose standby mode to notify them only if you don’t reach your destination within the expected time.

About SafeWalk
Sending message on phone

Report Tips

See something? Say something with LiveSafe’s Report Tips. From safety hazards to mental health concerns, help keep St. John’s safe by connecting with St. John’s Public Safety. Submit tips related to safety concerns. Attach a photo, video, or audio file. Send anonymously if you choose.

About Report Tips
Safety Map

Safety Map

Use the Safety Map to see where you are in relation to St. John’s buildings, find nearby safety places, and other information.

About Safety Map
Calling 911

Emergency Options

You can choose to call 911, call St. John’s Public Safety or send a discrete message directly to St. John’s Public Safety. Choosing any of these options within the LiveSafe App will initiate location sharing, enabling St. John’s Public Safety to better assist you in an emergency situation.

About Emergency Options
Sending text messages


During emergencies St. John’s Public Safety can initiate a check-in by sending a prompt via SMS text, email, an/or push notification. LiveSafe’ check-in feature enables you to quickly touch base with St. John’s Public -Safety via a real-time prompt so you can quickly indicate if you are okay or need help.

About Check-In


After I submit a tip I am prompted to chat with security. Do I have to chat with them?

No, you do not have to chat with them. However, in order to return to the home screen, you have to click on the “Chat with Security” button and then press the back button at the top left of the screen that appears.

What if I submit a tip which turns out to be a mistake?

You are encouraged to share information with security and will not be penalized for making claims that turn out to be untrue. However, reports that are purposefully false will be handled appropriately by your organization.

When I send a tip via “Report Tips”, is my location shared?

When you submit a tip through Report Tips, your current location is submitted, but tracking is not enabled. If you send a tip and then continue moving, security will only be able to see the location from which the tip was sent.

Is the anonymous feature really anonymous?

Yes, if you toggle the “Send Anonymously” option when submitting a tip or emergency message, your user information will show up as “Anonymous” in all of the fields. Even if your organization uses the Live Chat feature to obtain additional information, you will still appear as anonymous.

What happens when I select “Call 9-1-1” from the Emergency Options button?

When you select the “Call 9-1-1” button from the Emergency Options screen, a confirmation bubble will appear with the option to either “Call” or “Cancel”. This will help ensure that users do not accidentally call 9-1-1 if it is not an emergency. Once you place the call to 9-1-1, safety officials within your organization will receive information about your call such as your location (if location services are turned on). This will help first responders reach you quicker in the event of an emergency.

If I call 9-1-1 while in a building, how will the responding emergency personnel know where to go?

When emergency calls or messages are initiated through the app, location sharing begins. Security personnel will receive a prompt letting them know that a call was placed to 9-1-1. Your organization’s security officials have the ability to send you a chat to ask further questions and confirm your location. Your organization’s security can then meet emergency personnel upon arrival and direct them to your location. This will assist in getting you the help you need in the event of an emergency.

How does the app know the location of the user and the emergency number to call?

The app leverages the region/country code based on device location and maps to a lookup of emergency numbers sourced from the U.S. Department of State.

When making an emergency call, what happens if a user has little to no mobile connection?

The app will default to the last known location. From there, it will attempt to load the emergency number associated with that location.

If someone doesn’t have the LiveSafe app, can they still watch me through SafeWalk?

Yes. Friends and family members can virtually escort you from one place to another without downloading the app or joining your organization’s part of the app. When you invite friends and family members to watch you walk, they can connect either through the app or through a web view on their phone.

Can I SafeWalk with my organization’s security?

No, the SafeWalk feature is peer-to-peer; therefore, you share your location exclusively with the contacts you invite. Your organization’s security does not have the capability to serve as a virtual escort.

When do app users share their location?

  • An app user shares their static location when a tip is sent through Report Tips.
  • An app user shares their location when a call or message is sent through Emergency Options.

If I download LiveSafe, can my organization’s safety personnel see my location whenever they choose?

No. Your location is only sent to your organization when you submit a tip (anonymous or not) or use one of the features within the Emergency Options button (Call 9-1-1, Call organization security, or Message organization security). If your location information is sent to your organization, it is encrypted and no one, including organization security or supervisors, can access your location at will. App users always have the option to not share their location.

Can my location be tracked by LiveSafe?

No, LiveSafe users cannot be located via the web dashboard through a search or tracking function. The location data from your phone is encrypted, and location sharing is always at the user’s discretion.

What if I turn off my location services while traveling — will I be subscribed to the place I’m traveling to?

No, you will not since the app will not be able to find your location. However, if your organization has a community that you can join when traveling, you may be prompted to join that community.