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Return home safely: technological tools to prevent crimes or abuses in public and private transport

Return home safely: technological tools to prevent crimes or abuses in public and private transport

How to return safely or safely and alive home on a continent where femicides, the disappearances of women and gender violence do not stop? The unsafety that women face every day has become truly worrying.

Given the amount of forced disappearences that occur daily in some countries of Latin America What Colombia, Mexico either Peruvarious groups, associations, institutions and civilians have shared information to ensure a safe return home.

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In this way, TechMarkup has compiled a list of points and functions in transport service applications to take into account if a person will go out to party, have fun or even if they will simply go to a place by taking taxis or means of transport.

These preventive measures can also help protect a friend, family member, or acquaintance.

From now on, It is strongly recommended to share this article to reduce so many cases of disappearances in the region.

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Share location and travel

The Social TIC organization recommends send the location to someone you trust. This action can be done through Google Maps, Waze, WhatsApp, Facebook and others Applications.

The longer the better. Some of these platforms allow location sharing for several hours. For prevention, it is recommended to divide it for several hours in case the situation gets complicated.

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In the case of a taxi service application, “this function allows renters and users to easily share the rentals requested through the app. can set up to five trusted contacts with whom they can regularly share their leases.

Additionally, it can be configured within the app that all leases are always shared or, for example, only those at night”, he explains for TechMarkup Manuela Bedoya, Uber Security communications manager for the Andean region, Central America and the Caribbean.

Call 123 within a mobility service application

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Upon pressing the button, the app will display the current location and lease information for the user to quickly share with the local authority. For example, Uber, “track who uses this feature and take preventative action when necessary”, mention Bedoya.

PIN code verification

With this tool, users can activate their routes to be verified by means of a 4 digit code, that they are boarding the correct vehicle.

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Thus the lessor will only start the tour when you enter it correctly.

ride check

According to Manuela Bedoya, this technology through GPS “it can detect an abnormal stop, the end of a trip earlier than expected or a deviation from the route by activating an alert”.

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This is thanks to support options and access to security tools for both the user and the lessors.

You have to make sure you have a full battery and internet

Most of these applications are enabled to be used with Internet. So if you are going to an unknown place or it is known that one might return late, it is better to load mobile devices and Internet data.

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What to do if you don’t have internet on your cell phone

When a person runs out of data, it is recommended call someone you trust to keep in touch with that person while traveling.

In addition, telephone calls leave traces on the telephone antennas that can be translated into geolocation data.

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Take data from the taxi

Arriving by taxi, forever It is important to take into account the following information:

– Car registration.

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– Name of the driver.

These data must be sent to a trusted contact.

Always have an emergency plan

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According to a report by the Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office published in February 2022, an average of 16 women and girls disappear every day, taking into account that, in the first eight months of last year, 3,967 disappearance alert notes were presented in the country.

On the other hand, thanks to a note from El Reforma, the average number of women who disappear per day in Mexico is 7, so it is not an exaggeration to think of a contingency plan where people are clear about the steps to take. yourself and your emergency contact should take into account in case something goes wrong.

The emergency plan should consider answering the following questions: What to do? Who to contact? Where?

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What to do if you feel unsafe traveling in a taxi or public transport

If at any time, the person reading this article finds himself in a travel alone and you don’t feel safe you can use the following recordings from Twitter so that they are played loudly so that the driver knows that someone is waiting for one.

As well as these videos there are also several in the different social media to fight gender violence.

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It should be noted that the publication is a thread, so if the first video is not to your personal liking, in the comments there are many more alternatives to use being in a taxi or even on public transport that may be lonely:

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