Van Zandt reports there have been many situations in which a person trapped or in grave danger didn't have time to place a call or create a text message. The new application, Silent Bodyguard, has been described as a "silent panic button." It can be downloaded through http://www.livesecure.org for just $3.99. While currently it is just for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the new iPad, it will be available for Blackberry within a few months.
LiveSecure.org offers Dr. Van Zandt's weekly blog with his analysis of the latest national crime stories, as well as a free DVD, "Protecting Children from Predators." It also has information on a national one-strike law for sexual predators and other vital security articles for families and businesses as well as links for organizations or individuals concerned with safety and security.
Businesses, universities and families are currently grappling with how they might respond fast enough to save lives in a distress situation, says Van Zandt. The Silent Bodyguard application was inspired by Jo Perry, whose youngest daughter was the classmate of a girl abducted and killed while simply on an errand in Los Angeles and whose oldest daughter attends the same University as the graduate student recently murdered in her lab.
Van Zandt is a well-known television guest commentator for NBC and MSNBC and is a published author and international speaker on matters of security, aberrant behavior, law enforcement and crisis management. He was instrumental in identifying the "Unabomber" and the Oklahoma City bomber in the 1990s. In corporate situations, Van Zandt often consults where serious tensions arise and helps defuse or prevent threats within the workplace.
The Silent Bodyguard creators are Jo Perry, the concerned mom noted above, and application developer Justin Leader, both of Los Angeles.