The Bull Horns Panic Button app turns your phone into a panic button that will instantly, silently call, send notifications and SMS your emergency contacts. Now your security company (if they partner with us) can see your exact location in realtime and their nearest available response vehicle will be instantly notified and so can proceed towards you. You can also add and receive alerts of local crimes and suspicious activities in your neighbourhood.
With one-touch on your phone, smart watch or headphones your phone will call and SMS your emergency contacts.
The app is free. You only pay for the calls/ SMSs that you make when you activate (they are "normal" calls/ SMSs)
Let your armed response company see your exact location in real time (if they partner with us).
Contribute and receive instant alerts from your local community about suspicious activities, crimes, scams, trends. A lot more structured than WhatsApp chats.
If you are going into an area or situation you are nervous about, leave a breadcrumb trail so people can track you.
Once you have downloaded the free Bull Horns Panic Button app for Android or Apple there are just a few steps to activate it and start detering crime in your community. This is how simple it is to get started...
Add your details, the details of your security company, your emergency contacts and your preferences. For example you can opt in to receive alert notifications for crimes and suspicious activites reporting within a range (you can select the range).
The panic button is active. When you press it, it will start to call your emergency number and also send an SMS to your emergency contacts showing your location. If your security company partners with us, their control room will get an alert with a link to your details (including photo) and exact location in realtime. We recommend you test the app as soon as you download the app to understand how it works so you can trust it in an emergency.See Demo
You can add crime alerts by completing a short form including photo, location, description and the category. This will automatically send notifications to other app users nearby. You can view a map of all alerts and click on the icons for more details.
You can also allow the app (and your security company, if they partner with us) to follow your location without activating the panic. Tap on the microphone icon to discretely start recording audio that can be retrieved later.
Tap the "Local Police" button to call the closest police station (SA only).
You can now activate your panic button with just one tap from your Apple iWatch or Android Wear smart watch. Just install the app on your linked watches. You can also activate the panic button on your Android phone by pressing the button on earphones that are plugged in. These great new beta features are designed to make it easier to get help, especially for runners, cyclists, the elderly even just when you're asleep at night.
You can activate a panic by shaking or dropping your phone or by tapping on the app icon.
The app knows the location of the closest available responder and instantly contacts it.
They receive your location, phone number and photo. Their control room also receives and alert to coordinate the response via live responder tracking.
The latest version of the app enables us to easily partner with private security companies and community safety organisation so they can protect their members better. When your members activate the panic button on their phone (which everyone carries on them and has on next to their bed at night, unlike traditional panic buttons) their phone will call you. Simultaneously you'll get a desktop alert in your control room (requires only internet access). You will be able to track their exact location on a Google Map, even if they can't speak or are on the move. This provides you with a competitive advantage and also enables you to support clients outside of their home. We'll even build you your very own app. For more information on the benefits and pricing contact us today about joining as a partner or getting your own version of the app.
1. Why does the app require all these permissions?
Some app users are concerned about the number of permissions the app requires, which is especially obvious in Android 6 (Marshmallow). In general, the app only uses additional permissions when the user initiates specific activities where these are required. Here are the specific examples of how it uses the permissions (the terminology might be slightly different between iOS (Apple) and Android:
2. What does the app icon at the top of my screen mean? Is the app using data or GPS in the background?
The app doesn’t use services (such as GPS or data) in the background. It only does so when the app is open and active. The app icon at the top of the screen on Android phones only indicates that the app can use the earphone jack. It has nothing to do with data or GPS. This is a new feature whereby you can activate the panic button by pressing the media button on your earphones.