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August 9, 2010

L&G launches iPhone panic alarm app

by Gill Montia

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Legal & General (L&G) has launched a personal panic alarm application for the iPhone.

The move has been prompted by research from the University of Leicester which suggests that criminals are increasingly favouring personal muggings over burglaries.

The trend is though to be connected to lower-priced home electricals, such as DVD players, which currently have little resale value.

Items such as iPods, which are carried on the person, have therefore become more desirable to thieves.

According to L&G, the alarm is simple to activate. In the event of trouble, the panic button displayed on the iPhone screen can be pressed, or the phone shaken to emit an ear-shattering alarm to shock and disorientate a potential attacker.

The application also has a facility that will automatically call a nominated SOS number from the user’s address book, allowing the person on the other end of the call to hear what’s going on and summon help, if necessary.

Finally, a PIN code set by the user means that if the attacker grabs the phone they will not be able to cancel the alarm and change the application settings, or see details of the SOS contact.

The app is available free of charge for all iPhone users in the UK at www.legalandgeneral.com/panicalarm.


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