Illinois State University announced the launch of a new application called Bird Watch, which gives security tips and updates on mobile devices.

“The app will provide an opportunity for students and family members to be more in touch with campus safety and security,” said Chief of the Illinois State University Police Department Aaron Woodruff.

The Bird Watch mobile app provides students, faculty, staff and the community with security information about Illinois State. Users can access a number of important campus resources on topics that include emergency management, crime statistics and crime prevention. The app is part of a larger campus-wide crime prevention program, based on the success of the national Neighborhood Watch Program.

“The app goes beyond statistics,” said Katy Killian of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. “Students can explore topics such as traveling abroad safely, understanding mental health needs, and protecting your online reputation. It is another resource for the Illinois State community.”

The free Bird Watch app is now available to download for Android and Apple devices at Google Play and iTunes Stores. Campus Sentinel, Inc. developed the Bird Watch app for Illinois State University, and is a company specializing in mobile applications for higher education safety and security.