ODU touts new safety initiative

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by Carl Leimer, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:02 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 15 at 1:33 PM

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.