NORFOLK -- Officials at Old Dominion University have new safety enhancements in place for the start of the fall semester.
It's good news for students after a perception last year that crime was on the rise. Students were victims of at least eight violent crimes on and around the ODU campus during the 2013-2014 school year. There were shootings near campus, multiple armed robberies on and near campus and a deadly assault across the street from the campus that killed 20-year-old Paul Johnson.
One of the key elements of the safety initiative is a mobile app called LiveSafe. Developed by a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy, it allows students to contact police and get information.
ODU Police Chief Rhonda Harris unveiled the app Friday morning.