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Safe Zone App

What is the Safe Zone App?

The SafeZone app gives you direct access to the fastest possible safety assistance regardless of where you are! Inside the UW’s Seattle campus, the app provides you with immediate access to the UW Police when you need assistance. Outside of the UW’s Seattle campus, the app will connect you to the relevant local emergency services.

You can use SafeZone to:
  • Call for Assistance, if you have general, non-emergency questions about campus safety services
  • Call for Medical issues, if you or someone near you needs urgent medical help
  • Call for an Emergency, if you feel threatened, need urgent help or witness a crime in progress
  • Set the Safety Timer to voluntarily share your location with UW Police for a virtual guardian service on the Seattle campus
  • Check In to voluntarily share your location with the UW Police while you’re on the Seattle campus
  • You can also use SafeZone to access safety information relevant to your time at the UW through the Safety Resources menu.


Q: How to I sign-up?
A: After downloading the app, sign in using your UW NetId

Q: When should I use the Emergency button?
A: Every emergency is different, but here are some examples
  • If you feel threatened, or if someone is threatening or has just threatened you.
  • If you have been assaulted or are the victim of a robbery.
  • If you are hurt or injured (or use First Aid if it’s a minor injury).
  • If you see somebody else being threatened, assaulted or robbed.

Q: What happens if I use the Emergency button off campus?
A: The app uses location data to determine where you are when you press the button. If you are off campus when you’re in an emergency situation, the app will recognize that and dial 911 so you can be directed to the proper authorities

Q: What if I accidentally press a button?
A: When you tap any of the three SafeZone alert buttons, a “timer” circle is shown winding down (like a clock). If you accidentally press any SafeZone Call button, you can cancel the Call by tapping the button again while the “timer” is winding down. After the Call (Alert) has been sent, you can still cancel your request, but you will still be contacted by UWPD Dispatch to be sure that you are OK

Q: Will I be tracked all the time?
A: No, the SafeZone app only shares your location with the UWPD when you press one of the three alert buttons (Emergency, Medical, Assistance), or Check-In.
Your location is only ever shared with UWPD if you choose to activate one of these services. Your right to privacy is always respected and you can cancel an alert or a check-in at any time.

If you have more questions about the app, please visit: https://www.safezoneapp.com/faq/

Where can I download the app?

You can download it from the Apple App Store here.

You can download it from the Google Play store here.

If you have any feedback or comments about the app, please email uwpolice@uw.edu